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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 research explores the way in which museums across Britain have contributed to the public understanding of Britain’s colonial past. My thesis considers the way in which metropolitan and city museums have sought to exhibit the history and legacies of the British Empire since the end of the British Empire.

Additionally, I will be examining the role of community & public affirmation, and the success of exhibitions that deal with the 'difficult' aspects of Britain's imperial past. Part of my research will also consider the degree to which individual actors and decision making processes impact not only the direction of institutions and exhibitions, but the success of exhibitions.

Impact and engagement

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.  

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