HERITAGE STUDIES OF PRIVATE HOUSES AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS
EXAMPLES OF HERITAGE STUDIES BY PETRA BOEKSTAL
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS FOR HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND MUSEUMS
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HERITAGE STUDIES OF PRIVATE HOUSES AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS BY OUR ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE CONSULTANT PETRA BOEKSTAL.
This will involve a photo survey of the present situation, will describe the past owners of the house and the different functions the building might have had in the past. Interior features will be recorded and studied and seen in the art historical context.
Research is carried out using primary and secondary sources through personal visits to the property, local governmental agencies and historical and company archives. We can also help you to preserve the historical integrity of your property by suggesting methods of sustainable development of your architectural legacy if or when it is required.
We provide fully researched heritage advice, knowledge and information about your home and can offer a printed and bound copy of our research or a printable PDF version. These studies will be completed by Petra as this is her special field.
Wivine and Peter can help to provide the research and some of the photographs Petra will need although it will be necessary for Petra to visit the location personally to adequately research the building.
This service is offered to all parts of Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, India and some Asian and European Regions. Contact us if you reside outside of these areas and we will try to arrange the study.
EXAMPLES OF PETRA BOEKSTAL'S WORK IN EUROPE, INDIA AND AUSTRALIA
PETRA'S QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE INCLUDING PHOTOS OF A FEW OF HER PAST PROJECTS IN EUROPE.
This picture shows the Castle Boterberg in Kalmthout (Late 19th and early 20th century).
One of many European properties researched and documented by Petra.
ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE CONSULTANT PETRA BOEKSTAL: Petra is a qualified Archaeologist with formal qualifications in a number of other fields and her university Education began in 1983 where she studied French Language and Culture at the Sorbonne in Paris.
In 1984 she began her studies in Museology at the the Reinward Academy in Leiden and received her Degree in Museology and Conservation in 1987.
From 1987 until 1990 she studied Art History, Classical Archaeology and Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam.
From 1990 until 1992 she studied at the University of Leuven and received her Degree in Archaeology and Art History with a distinction.
From 2001 until 2002 she received training in Monuments and Landscape Care in Antwerp. She has run her own consultancy business since 2002 and her web site can be found at
As can be seen below her record of employment displays her unique use of her wide qualifications and skills.
2009-2008: Inspector of Monuments in Sint-Truiden. Responsible for the organisation and publication of the Heritage Open day. She also gave advice in the restoration and possible future uses of protected monuments.
2006: Secretary of the protected art collections in Flanders for the Flemish Community. 2005-2004: Policy for the development and management of the digitisation of the cultural heritage for the Ministry of the Flemish Community. Also responsible for the website of the department.
2003: Project coordinator of the Art & Architecture Thesaurus in Flanders which was a joint project with the Dutch Cultural department and the department of Monuments and Landscapes in Flanders. Responsible for the education of the museum staff in the use of the thesaurus.
2002: Museum consultant for Registration and Documentation. Taught two day courses in the Registration and Documentation of museum collections to the museum staff. Also working for the Department of Arts and Museums of the Flemish Community.
Petra's Full Curriculum Vitae can be seen at:
These photos show the street frontage and rear garden of Marnixhouse in Antwerp. This property was a refuge house belonging to the order of Tongerlo and Petra Researched and Documented this building.
This photo shows a late classical manor house built in beginning of the 19th century which was also researched and documented by Petra.
HERE IS A LINK TO THE INDIAN WEB SITE FOR THE PROJECT .
Excerpts from "The Arts, Culture and Entertainment" section of THE HINDU Newspaper 1st June 2011 under the sub heading "History" Written By PRIYADERSHINI S. regarding Petra's Heritage Research in Fort Kochi (Cochin) Kerala Province, India
"Dutch researcher-scholar Petra Boekstal throws new light on the history, culture and lives of the Dutch in Fort Kochi. New research invariably breathes fresh life into the fading pages of history. This time freelance researcher-scholar Petra Boekstal has retouched and invoked the Dutch heritage in Fort Kochi."
"Petra's research differs from other early scholastic studies in approach and methodology. She has left aside, for the time being, the prominent Dutch structures on which work has already been done. Instead, hers is the path less traveled. Petra's main work zone has been the private homes on the small streets and by lanes around the Parade Ground and the two main graveyards at St. Francis Church and the Dutch Cemetery."
"On her second day in Port Kochi Petra rented a bicycle and off she went knocking on doors, to be warmly welcomed and be privy to precious bits of heritage and history trapped in unexpected corners. Some of the Dutch interior features could be recognised in attics, cross windows, arches, staircases and beams supported by consoles. The exterior shows buttresses, rod anchors and tiled roofs."
She said "The small houses that I went to were obviously not those of very high Dutch officials of the time. In Europe cellars, mantle pieces, and for example attics are used in the dating of buildings, Here she had to cope with local elements. She requested for deeds, documents or ‘any papers' regarding the house which the owners had."
She told the reporter "Many of the documents were from the VOC (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) - The Dutch East India Company. It was always exciting when they would bring papers carefully kept in old, yellow-with-time envelopes."
"Whatever she could read (which was almost everything because the documents were written in 18th century Dutch) she transcribed and translated in English to the owners."
The whole article can be read at the following link:
OUTLINE OF HERITAGE REPORT FOR OUR PROPERTY IN BONALBO BUILT 1936 by our HERITAGE CONSULTANT - PETRA BOEKSTAL. This study was undertaken when the house was first purchased. Have a look at our DESIGN page to see some new interior decoration and design undertaken during the necessary renovation.
The 24 page document includes:
A large number of photographs both exterior and interior including close ups of interior fittings.
A brief history of the town.
The original subdivision plan of the property.
History of the property including original owners of the land, builder of the house and ALL changes in ownership from 1936 until we purchased it in 2013.
Site plan of the land and buildings.
Descriptions of ALL interior and exterior features down to door handles and electric switches with approximate dating, style and materials used.
COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
Petra will be offering a course to Australian Historical Societies and Museums on the Registration and Documentation of Collections and the Recording of Oral History. These will be run by advance bookings only and she is happy to hold them in a number of locations in Australia. She intends to offer more courses in the future.