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Mr Sam Aylett

Samuel Aylett

Profile summary

  • Research Student
  • Research Student
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • History
  • sam.aylett

Professional biography

I studied History (BA Hons) and Modern World History (MA) at Brunel University London from 2008-2015. After graduating I moved to Berlin, and worked as a consultant from 2014-2016. I am currently reading for my PhD in Empire and Colonial History at the Open University (FT). 

Research interests

My PhD looks at shifting representations of empire and British colonialism at the Museum of London from 1976-2007. Principally, I am concerned with the place and value of empire within the Museum of London's permanent galleries, and how this began to change in the late 1980s, as postcolonial approaches and multicultural education initiatives began to impact on the museum. Within this, I am concerned with the way visitors have responded to shifting representations of empire, and the role of community affirmation in the success of exhibitions that deal with more 'difficult' aspects of Britain's colonial past. Broadly speaking, I am interested in the museum as a locus for examining the cultural impact of empire and decolonisation in Britain throughout the twentieth century, and how the legacies of empire continue to shape Britain's past, present and future. My research is interdisciplinary, and I work across the fields of imperial history, material culture studies, museum studies and critical heritage studies. 

Teaching interests

I am currently an Associate Member of the Module Team for A326: Empire 1492 - 1975

Impact and engagement

CONFERENCE PAPERS

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Heritage, Diversity and the Legacies of Empire, 17 May 2013, Institute for Historical Institute

Pride, Empire and Postcolionial Approaches at the Museum of London 1976-1993, New Museum Conversations, 24 October 2018, Museum of London

iSEE 2014

In 2014 I was a member of a multi-skilled team from the Schools of Arts and Department of Computer Science (DCS) at Brunel University, exploring the feasibility of mobile apps for use at museum and heritage sites (iSEE). The project was funded by the Technology Strategy Board (66,000GBP) with a remit to explore innovative methods of software development that combine mobile device sensing and experience programming. The project aims to create a new platform for experience development, localised business models and smartphone apps.

http://www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk/iSEE  

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