Sigillography has always been part of academic teaching in the historical sciences. From the 19th century onwards it became part of the historical auxillary disciplines ("Historische Hilfswissenschaften"), which made seals accessible as historical sources. While in the last decades teaching of sigillography within historical study schemes was in decline among some European countries such as Germany, a more broad academic interest in seals can be witnessed at the same time.
Teaching the imagery of (medieval) seals becomes more and more important among study programmes in the history of art. Equally seals are considered as most valuable sources for cultural and media studies according to their intellectual qualities of sealing. It is one of the main goals of SIGILLVM to promote teaching of issues related to seals and sealing among all fields of the Humanities and bring together academic teachers from various disciplines.