Research group Data Management; Knowledge and Art Practices
Specialisation History of knowledge; history of art; history of architecture and urban planning; history of library and information studies; history of cartography; digital humanities


Charles van den Heuvel studied Art History at the University of Groningen and gained his PhD in 1991 with a thesis on the introduction of Italian urban planning and fortification in the Netherlands ( 1540-1609). After his study he worked in various cultural heritage institutions, universities and research institutions. From January 2011 till December 2022, Van den Heuvel was head of the research group of history of knowledge, now known as Knowledge and Art Practices. Furthermore, he is an emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam holding the chair: “Digital Methods and Historical Disciplines, especially the History of Knowledge and Information Science”. He was the p.i. of the following projects:

Furthermore, he was the co-applicant and leader on behalf of the Huygens Institute in the consortium of the NWO- Middle Large Investment project:


Since his retirement in December 2022, he is a guest employee at the Huygens Institute in the departments Data Management and Knowledge & Art Practices in which context he will continue his research directed toward the application of digital resources and methods in the Humanities.