Conference 2019

Outline programme

Safeguarding intangible heritage. Passing on printing techniques to future generations

AEPM annual conference 2019

23-25 May 2019
Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart
Druivenstraat 18, Turnhout, Belgium.

Outline programme

The call for papers closes on the 28th February. The full list of speakers will be announced very shortly afterwards.

Talks will be principally in English, discussions in whatever language works.

Sessions will be held at the at the Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart and the HIVSET auditorium, a short walk from the Museum.


Thursday 23 May 2019

At the Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart, Druivenstraat 18, Turnhout

14.00 – 19.00

Arrival of participants and registration

Informal visit of the exhibition Turnhouts drukwerk (Printed in Turnhout).

19.00 – 22.00

Opening reception

Welcome speeches by Paul Van Miert, mayor of Turnhout and Alan Marshall, AEPM Chair.

Demonstrations of printing, playing card finishing and book binding.

Card tricks and Blackjack demonstration.

Reception with Belgian beers


Friday 24 May 2019

HIVSET auditorium, Herentalsstraat 70 (150 meters from the museum)


Morning session


Sofie Wilder
Director of Archives and Museums, City of Turnhout


10.00 – Talks

11.00 – Coffee break at Chaos (located next to HIVSET auditorium)

11.30 – Talks

12.30 – Lunch at Chaos (buffet)


Afternoon session

14.00 – Talks

15.00 – Coffee break at Chaos

15.30 – Talks

16.30 – 17.00 Round-up and practical announcements


19.00 – 23.30

Bus ride to restaurant in the region

Dinner (included in the registration fee for all participants and accompanying persons.)



Saturday 25 May 2019

At the Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart, Druivenstraat 18.


Morning Session

09.00 – 10.30

Annual general meeting of the AEPM

Although the annual general meeting is, strictly speaking, reserved for AEPM members only, non-members are encouraged to attend (in a non voting capacity) as it offers and excellent occasion to discover the Association’s various activities and, why not, to become involved.

09.00 – 10.30

Informal Museum visit

Participants not attending the annual general meeting can continue to discover the pleasures of the Nationaal Museum van de Speelkaart’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.

10.30 – 11.15

Short communications and news from museums and closing discussion

In order to help organise the session, a call for news items will be distributed well in advance of the event. There is always a lot to talk about!

A selection of snacks will be available during the morning session.


Group photograph

11.30 – 12.30

Coach ride to Ghent

Leaving from the museum.


Afternoon session

12.30 – 16.30

Industriemuseum, Ghent

Lunch followed by a guided tour of the Museum.

The focal point of the visit to the Industriemuseum, formerly the MIAT, will be the new, considerably expanded printing gallery which will open several weeks before our visit. It will offer a unique occasion to discuss with our colleagues in Ghent the many issues involved in a makover of this scale.



The visit to the Industriemuseum closes the conference.

Participants can leave directly from Ghent, or return to Turnhout by coach with an optional drop off in Antwerp for anyone having a train or a plane to catch. (On Saturdays it is often easier to travel from Antwerp than from Turnhout.) Please indicate on the registration form if you wish to be dropped off in Antwerp.



Sunday 26 May 2019

Two free optional visits in Antwerp are open to anyone staying on beyond the main conference, within the limits of available places.

For people staying on in Turnhout departure will be at 11.00 by coach. (It was not possible to organise the departure earlier because Sunday 26th May is election day in Belgium.)

Anyone staying in the region with their own transport or in Antwerp itself will of course be welcome to join the visits.

N.b. It is important to indicate on the online registration form if you wish to take part in either of these visits.



Departure by coach to Antwerp


Guided tour of the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Unesco World Heritage). There is no limit on the number of visitors.

If you prefer to visit on your own, according to your own timetable, the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Unesco World Heritage) is offering free entry on the Sunday on presentation of your conference badge.


Free time for lunch in Antwerp city centre.


Visit to Patrick Goossens (Letter-kunde) collection of printing and typefounding machines.

It is a rare occasion to visit an exceptional collection but please note that the number of places has to be is limited because it is a private working collection and not a museum. Registration will be done on a first come, first served basis.