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Department Royal Netherlands Historical Society
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Biography

Antia Wiersma studied history at the University of Groningen and obtained her doctorate with the annotated scripts of two radio documentaries broadcast by Radio Noord. These documentaries were biographical portraits of two remarkable Groningen women: Andrea Elkenbracht (pianist and pedagogue) and Clara Asscher-Pinkhoff (children’s book writer and as the wife of the Groningen Chief Rabbi in the Interbellum an important person for Jewish Groningen). These two portraits were part of a larger series.

After completing her studies, she worked for a number of years in the corporate sector as a PR & Marketing employee. She then worked in the PR & Marketing of Teylers Museum and later almost 10 years as Head of Communication & Education of the Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis in The Hague. In this capacity she was responsible for the communication and education surrounding blockbuster exhibitions such as Hans Holbein de Jongere, Hollanders in Beeld en Droom van Italië. From 2010 to September 2017, she worked at Atria, a knowledge institute for emancipation and women’s history. Most recently in the position of manager of the Collections, Research and Advice Department and as deputy director.

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