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Dr Veysel Apaydin
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) - Art, Design and Museology
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Lecturer (Teaching)
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

Veysel Apaydin is Lecturer in Art, Design and Museology at the IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, Department of Culture, Communication and Media. He was a Research Associate at the EC Funded project, EMOTIVE, at the Department of Archaeology, University of York.  He completed his PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. His doctoral thesis evaluated uses and abuses of cultural heritage, identity construction and the relationship between heritage, education and attitudes towards heritage, taking modern-day Turkey as its case study. He worked as an archaeologist and heritage consultant in the United Kingdom and Turkey, taught in heritage and museum studies and public archaeology courses, and coordinated MA course (Sources and Social Research Methods in Archaeology and Heritage) at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He is the author of 'Heritage, Education and Social Justice', published by Cambridge University Press. His next monograph ‘Narrating Heritage. Rights, Abuses and Cultural Resistance’ will be published in 2023 by Bloomsbury. He is the author of numerous articles and the editor of the volumes ‘Critical Perspectives on Cultural Memory and Heritage. Construction, Transformation and Destruction’ (2020); ‘Shared Knowledge, Shared Power. Engaging Local and Indigenous Heritage’ (2018). He is also currently editor of the heritage section of the Open Archaeology journal.

Research Summary

Research Interests

- Critical heritage

- Digital media and digital heritage

- Heritage and memory 

- Museum studies

- Evaluation of cultural heritage and museum projects

- Heritage and museum education

- Heritage, museum and community engagement


Active Learning for Heritage 

I am Co-I of this BIAA (British International Research Institute/British Academy) funded project that focuses on climate change and global citizenship.

Critical Heritage and Social Justice

Funded by UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies 


Inclusive Heritage Education

Funded by BIAA British International Research Institute/British Academy

Radical Death and Early State Formation in Ancient Mesopotamia

AHRC funded archaeology project

EMOTIVE (Storytelling through Cultural Heritage)

In this European Commission funded project, I worked with a range of specialists, from several different institutions, to build digital tools for museums and heritage sites (e.g. digital education kits, apps, VR) and carried out evaluations and testings. https://emotiveproject.eu 

Community heritage education programmes

Funded by Global Heritage Fund

PhD in Cultural Heritage, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Teaching Summary

- Course Leader: CCME0067 Constructing and Interpreting Heritage Culture (Art, Design & Museology)

- Course Leader: CCM0069 Material and Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience (Art, Design & Museology)

- Course Co-tutor: CCME0058 Digital Media Theory (Digital Media: Education)

- Course Co-tutor: BA Media 

- I also teach in several modules across Art, Design & Museology, including 'Issues in Museum and Galleries in Education', 'Responsive Museums: Inclusion and Outreach in Practice'

Academic Background
2015   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2007   Master of Arts University College London
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