Merel van der Vaart is a PhD candidate with the Amsterdam School of Heritage and Memory Studies (AHM). Her research focuses on the relationship between museum visitors, objects and on-gallery digital media. As part of her research, she participated in the EU funded project Material EncounterS with digital Cultural Heritage (meSch).
In addition, she is a lecturer for the Heritage & Memory Studies Masters programme at the University of Amsterdam.
Previously, Merel was Associate Curator of Public History at the Science Museum, London. Here, she was responsible for online and on-site co-creative projects and processes.
As a Research Assistant for the LIVE!Museum project at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, she explored the possibilities of merging the online and on-site museum experience.
Her special interests include: the relationship between people, objects and information; audience engagement, participation & co-creation; social interaction in the museum space; and merging online and on-site experiences. Merel holds degrees in Museology (cum laude) and Language & Culture Studies (University of Utrecht), as well as an MA in Museum Studies (University of Leicester).