Denny Vildiridou

My academic and professional background is on history, culture and art.

Combined with my passion for education and conviction of the power of museum education I wanted to focus my research on exploring museum education. This conviction was raised through consulting on museum projects in Greece, being a board member of the “childrens and childhood museum” in Thessaloniki and participating in conferences on Museum Education in Paris, London, Leicester and Thessaloniki.

My studies were in Modern History, at Royal Holloway University ( University of London) and Master of Research on European Culture at UCL ( University of London). Then I also studied Gemology ( GG, AJP), jewellery design and history of art of jewellery at G.I.A and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and worked in the industry at big jewellery houses and an auction house in the UK. This interest in art and heritage propelled me to examine the educational value of objects and explore how museum educators can use them to serve the museums’ educational purpose.

Academically I am interested in museum education research and museum teaching. I am also interested on the more practical aspect of teaching and ways of enhancing visitors experience in museums.

Title of thesis:
A multicase study of the personal theory of four museum educators in Oxford

Dr Maria Evangelou and Dr Ann Childs

Research interests:
Museum learning, museum teaching/education, informal education, museum educators professional training


  • Research student

College affiliation

  • St Edmund Hall

Research groups

  • Children Learning
  • Families, Effective Learning and Literacy (FELL)