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Hamilton Kerr Institute

Fitzwilliam Museum

Professor Erma Hermens

Director, Hamilton Kerr Institute 
Deputy Director: Conservation and Heritage Science, Fitzwilliam Museum                         


Professor Erma Hermens took up her post as Director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute and Deputy Director Conservation and Heritage Science at the Fitzwilliam Museum on the 1st of February 2022. Before that she was the Rijksmuseum Chair for Studio Practice and Technical Art History at the University of Amsterdam and senior researcher in Technical Art History at the Rijksmuseum , Amsterdam. Before moving to Amsterdam, she was a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where she was one of the founders of the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History. She also established one of the first MA programmes in Technical Art History in Glasgow which is now in its 11th year running. She is currently Visiting Professor at the Venice Center for Digital and Public Humanities, Ca’Foscari University, Venice and is Co-Editor in Chief of ArtMatters: International Journal for Technical Art History (


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