On 11 september 2021 the 900th anniversary of the Pieterskerk Leiden began, nine centuries after its consecration on 11 september 1121. As part of this commemorative year the Pieterskerk Leiden organized the Pieterskerk Lectures, in cooperation with Studium Generale. In the lecture series historical subjects were approached from a surprising angle by different experts.
The lectures were held in Dutch.
You can watch all six Pieterskerk Lectures below.
Pieterskerk Lecture 1
Pieterskerk Lecture 2
The Leiden city archive and the Pieterskerk Leiden
Ariela Netiv is director of Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken, the heritage organisation that – among other responsibilities – manages the archives of Leiden. In the archives many special archival documents from the 900 year history of the Pieterskerk Leiden have been preserved. In her lecture Ariela Netiv tells about several unique archival documents about the Pieterskerk Leiden and their meaning for the history of the monument and the city.
Separation of the sexes in the Pieterskerk Leiden
Dr. Ariadne Schmidt is professor by special appointment for urban history, focused on Leiden especially, at Leiden University. She specialises in social history and women’s history. In her lecture she talks about the women in the history of the Pieterskerk Leiden and the unique story of the 17th-century Johanna de la Court from Leiden. Her interment in the Pieterskerk Leiden brought her back under one roof with Adriaan Heereboord, the husband she was never happily married with.
Pieterskerk Lecture 3
Pieterskerk Lecture 4
The still lifes of Pieter de Ring: a culinary history
Charlotte Kleyn is a culinary historian and curator of the Gastronomical Collections at Allard Pierson, the collections of the University of Amsterdam. She writes a weekly column in Trouw and regular articles for Het Parool. Using the rich still lifes by the Leiden painter Pieter de Ring (1615/20-1660), who was interred in the Pieterskerk Leiden, Charlotte Kleyn talks about the historical gastronomical culture in the Netherlands of the 17th century.
Paintings of the church interior of the Pieterskerk Leiden in the museum collection
Dr. Jori Zijlmans is curator for history at Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden. In her lecture she talks about church interior paintings of the Pieterskerk Leiden in the museum collection. This is in response to a recent purchase by Museum De Lakenhal of a 17th century church interior by Anthonie van Borssom, at an auction. In her lecture Zijlmans also includes other known interior paintings of the Pieterskerk Leiden.
Pieterskerk Lecture 5
Pieterskerk Lecture 6
Cathedrals in the polder – Provincial urban gothic or prefab perfection?
Prof. dr. Merlijn Hurx is professor at Leuven University and specializes in architectural history. In 2016 the publication of his dissertation was awarded the Karel van Manderprize, for the best publication about architectural history in the Netherlands between 2011-2015. In his lecture prof. dr. Hurx talks about the surprising history of the construction of the Pieterskerk Leiden, where innovative building methods played an important part.
The many perspectives on 900 years of Pieterskerk Leiden
Ward Hoskens is curator of the Pieterskerk Leiden Foundation and is currently working on his PhD research concerning the Pieterskerk Leiden in modern history. To close the lecture series of Pieterskerk Lectures he considers the many perspectives on the history of the Pieterskerk Leiden. He does this by considering the subjects of the earlier lectures, current debates and themes from his PhD research, such as the relation to the past and – the experience of – (dis)continuity.