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Ms M.J. (Merel) van der Vaart MA

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

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  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
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  • Postbus 94551
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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  • About

    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).

  • Publications


    • Geoghegan, H., McIlvenna, K., & van der Vaart, M. (2017). Developing Local Narratives for Objects in National Collections: Lessons Learned from the “Number Please? Working with the Enfield Exchange” Project. Curator: The Museum Journal, 60(2), 217-233. [details]


    • Damala, A., Hornecker, E., van der Vaart, M., van Dijk, D., & Ruthven, I. (2016). The Loupe: tangible augmented reality for learning to look at Ancient Greek art. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, 16(5), 73-85. [details]
    • Hashemi, S. H., Hupperetz, W., Kamps, J., & van der Vaart, M. (2016). Effects of Position and Time Bias on Understanding Onsite Users' Behavior. In CHIIR'16: proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval : March 13-17, 2016, Carrboro, NC, USA (pp. 277-280). New York, NY: The Association for Computing Machinery. [details]


    • van der Vaart, M., & Damala, A. (2015). Through the Loupe: Visitor engagement with a primarily text-based handheld AR application. In G. Guidi, R. Scopigno, J. C. Torres, H. Graf, F. Remondino, L. Duranti, P. Brunet, S. Hazan, ... J. Barceló (Eds.), 2015 Digital Heritage International Congress (2015 Digital Heritage): federating the 21st Int'l VSMM, 13th Eurographics GCH, plus special sessions from CIPA ICOMOS/ISPRS Special Heritage Documentation Workshop, CAA Fall Symposium, 7th Int'l Meeting Arqueológica 2.0, Space2Place, Archeovirtual, ICOMOS Digital Interpretation Panel, EU projects, et al. : 28 Sep-2 Oct 2015, Granada, Spain (Vol. 2, pp. 565-572). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. [details]


    • Boon, T., van der Vaart, M., & Price, K. (2014). Oramics to electronica: investigating lay understandings of the history of technology through a participatory project. Science Museum Group Journal, 1(2). [details]
    • Lischke, L., Dingler, T., Schneegaß, S., Schmidt, A., van der Vaart, M., & Wozniak, P. (2014). Parallel Exhibits: Combining Physical and Virtual Exhibits. In H. Gottlieb, & M. Szeląg (Eds.), Engaging Spaces: Interpretation, Design and Digital Strategies: December 1-3, 2014, Warsaw, Poland: proceedings (pp. 149-156). NODEM. [details]
    • van der Vaart, M., & Ray, C. A. (2014). Domus: An On-Gallery Digital Museum Experience in Two Parts. In H. Gottlieb, & M. Szeląg (Eds.), Engaging Spaces: Interpretation, Design and Digital Strategies: December 1-3, 2014, Warsaw, Poland: proceedings (pp. 193-200). NODEM. [details]


    • Ray, C. A., & van der Vaart, M. (2013). Towards an Integrative Approach to Interactive Museum Installations. In A. C. Addison, G. Guidi, L. De Luca, & S. Pescarin (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2013 Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage): federating the 19th Int'l VSMM, 10th Eurographics GCH, & 2nd UNESCO Memory of the World Conferences, plus special sessions from CAA, Arqueologica 2.0, Space2Place, ICOMOS, ICIP & CIPA, EU projects, et al.: 28 Oct-1 Nov, Marseille, France. - Volume 2 (pp. 701-704). Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. [details]


    • Damala, A., van der Vaart, M., Clarke, L., Hornecker, E., Avram, G., Kockelkorn, H., & Ruthven, I. (2016). Evaluating tangible and multisensory museum visiting experiences: Lessons learned from the meSch project. In MW2016: Museums and the Web 2016: The annual conference of Museums and the Web, April 6-9, 2016, Los Angeles, CA, USA Museums and the Web, LLC. [details]


    • Ray, C. A., & van der Vaart, M. J. (2013). Contextualizing Collections: Using Virtual Reality in Archaeology Exhibitions. Exhibitionist, 2013(2), 73-79. [details]
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