Full title: Research and Training for the Palace Museum of Tomorrow
Grant agreement ID: 861426
Start date: 01 October 2019
End date: 30 September 2023
Main scientific domain: Humanities – Arts
Scientific sub-domain: Art History
Key-words: Court residence; Palace; Material Culture; Court architecture; Architectural history; Heritage studies.
Funding: 2 479 854,24 €
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 861426.
10 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are undertaking research within the PALAMUSTO framework, funded by the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network (MSCA ITN) programme.
PALAMUSTO ETN, a network of leading European universities, heritage institutions and palace-museums, investigates the court residence or palace as a phenomenon of cultural exchange, not only in the past but also today and in the future. A new history of the palace is indeed needed in order to define its relevance for present-day Europe.
The palace’s status as heritage, as prime touristic attraction and as part of the experience economy offers a continuous challenge to society in a global context, considering that the heritage industry is gradually replacing many traditional sectors of European economy. PALAMUSTO ETN offers multidisciplinary, trans-sectoral training to early career researchers who will become the first exponents of a new professional profile capable of meeting these challenges. Training through individual research on the palace, shored up by specific methodology modules, will run parallel with teaching the palace as heritage in all its complexity. PALAMUSTO researchers will learn to conserve, curate and manage the palace-museum on-site, interacting with professionals. They will learn to explain the palace’s societal relevance to all stakeholders and audiences engaged with this heritage.
Together the PALAMUSTO researchers will establish a new history of the palace, based on the insight they gain in the material culture and architecture of the courts which constitute the case-studies of their doctoral research. They will map the patterns of diffusion of specified movable objects with representational value in the world of European courts, paying special attention to location and display; some of these define the palace as functional machine. In parallel, they will map specific representational architectural spaces of the palace, their functioning, placing, and routing to/from. The overlay of patterns of diffusion, realized through digital means based on a GIS platform, is expected to generate a new understanding of the court residence.
PALAMUSTO offers multidisciplinary, trans-sectoral training to early stage researchers who will become the first exponents of a new professional profile capable of meeting the challenges linked with studying and preserving a palace museum. Training through individual research on the palace, shored up by specific methodology modules, will run parallel with teaching the palace as heritage in all its complexity. PALAMUSTO researchers will learn to conserve, curate and manage the palace-museum on-site, interacting with professionals. They will learn to explain the palace’s societal relevance to all stakeholders and audiences engaged with this heritage.
Individual research projects:
‘Cherchez le lit’. State bedrooms and domestic sleeping rooms;
Negotiating status and gender boundaries in residences;
The court chapel across religious boundaries;
Reception suites and throne rooms;
Water and the early modern palace;
Making, serving and eating food in the palace;
Courtly spaces in a globalized world;
Collectibles: the palace gallery as a place for collecting from the Renaissance to the Grand Tour;
Fixing, fittings and furniture.
KU Leuven (Krista De Jonge, Sanne Maekelberg)
Universiteit Utrecht (Konrad Ottenheym)
Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (Eloy Koldeweij)
Uniwersytet Warszawski (Barbara Arciszewska)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Stephan Hoppe)
Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg (Carla Mueller)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Nuno Senos)
Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua SA (António Nunes Pereira)
Muzeum Łazienki Królewskie Warszawie (Małgorzata Maria Grąbczewska)