The Living Pasts course is a Utrecht University course, in which bachelor’s students get the opportunity to uncover the rich history of Utrecht, using raw historical data.

*Late registration: January 20th and 21st, 2020
*Registration: October 28th – November 24th, 2019.


Engaging with fragments of the past is one thing, but how to do this at scale and translate findings into engaging, interactive media formats for the public?

In this newly developed practice-based course students are challenged to validate and combine historical data across disciplines, by designing and realizing a smart-phone based application that tells the story of a particular place across the centuries.

Living Pasts Prototype preview
The first Living Pasts prototype.

In the 2019 run, students studied Utrecht’s central square, the Neude. This has resulted in the development of a first prototype, which can be found here. To find extra information on the course sessions, please check the blog posts written by former students of the course, or find short updates on our Twitter.

The next iteration of the course will continue work and research using this prototype as a foundation. The final products of the Living Pasts course will be used to further develop the Utrecht Time Machine app.*

During the Spring run of 2020, the course focus will be on Janskerkhof, another famous square in Utrecht. If you are a bachelor’s student, you may consider joining the next iteration if the course in the late registration for period 3 (January 20th and 21st).

* If you have five minutes to spare, please consider taking part in our survey, where we ask potential users what they would like to see in the Utrecht Time Machine app.