Curator of academic program

Jeroen ter Brugge (1967) is curator of academic program at the Maritime Museum Rotterdam and PHD-student at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communications, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

As a curator he is responsible for the research programs in the Maritime Museum Rotterdam, related to its extensive collection. The museum holds over 850.000 items, which reflect Dutch maritime activity and culture in the past and present and by which new insights and surprising stories to a broad audience can be shared. Currently he is working on publications on an article on the Royal Barge (‘Koningssloep’) built at the Rotterdam Navy Yard in 1818 and the seizure by the English in 1795 of the last home coming fleet of the East India Company (V.O.C.). On both themes the Museum holds revealing and inspiring items. In preparation is an article ‘Migrating fisherman, a comparison between Scheveningen and Vlaardingen (the Netherlands), 1875-1950’ which will appear in the proceedings of the 11th North Sea History Conference (2014). As a PHD-student he studies the Dutch (big) shipbuilding industry in the 19th and 20th Century (1813-1914) in an international context, using both archival sources, literature and the museums collection. This research project focuses on both economic, social, political and technical aspects and aims to analyze the slow start and final success.

Some recent publications

-With Arthur Credland and Harald Hamre (eds.); Maritime People – The 9th North Sea History Conference (Stavanger 2011)
-‘Godvrezend en dankbaar : de visserman en zijn geloof ‘ en- ‘Van Vlaggetjesdag en shantykoor : volksfeesten met een nostalgische saus’, in: Noordzee : Nederlandse kustcultuur in woord en beeld, (Zutphen, 2012)
- ‘Onrust voor de storm : de kaping van de Gouden Roos in 1779’, in: Een behouden vaart? : de Nederlandse betrokkenheid bij kaapvaart en piraterij (=Leidschrift (Leiden University 2011)
- 'Observation made upon the Dutch Fishing' : Engelse visserij op Nederlandse leest geschoeid’, in: Nederland-Engeland : reflecties over zee (Zutphen, 2011)