Institute of Archaeology

Dr Beverley Butler

Dr Beverley Butler

Reader in Cultural Heritage

Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square

Institute of Archaeology

Joined UCL
30th Sep 1968

Research summary

Research Interests

The theorisation and re-conceptualisation of cultural heritage studies

Museum historiography and critical museological theory

The application of intellectual history, philosophy, psychoanalysis, literary theory, postcolonial theory, deconstruction and memory-studies to cultural heritage/ museum studies

The application of ethnographic methods and anthropological theory to cultural heritage / museum studies

Themes of cultural loss and revivalism; critical studies of the archive; postcolonial politics of memory-work; cosmopolitanism and ethnicity; maritime heritage; cultural / human rights and marginalised histories

Heritage and wellbeing

Specialist focus upon North Africa and Eastern Mediterranean and upon Alexandrian / Egyptian and Palestinian cultural heritage and cultural politics.

Research Projects and Networks

Archaeology - Heritage - Art

Building Solomon's Temple

Collections in Exile, Persons in Exile

Craft China: (Re)making ethnic heritage in China's creatove economy

Heritage of Historic Cities and Multiculturalism

Keys of the Past: Keys to the Future

Understanding Heritage Wellbeing

Teaching summary

  • Degree Programme Co-ordinator: MA in Cultural Heritage Studies
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0121 Cultural Memory
  • Course Co-ordinator: ARCL0149 Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage


University of Leicester
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1991
University of Leeds
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 1990


  • MA, PhD
  • Reader in Cultural Heritage
  • Research Network Co-ordinator (jointly): Archaeology-Heritage-Art
  • Series editor of the ‘Critical Heritages’ publications with Routledge/UCL.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Museum History [2005-to date]
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Museum Management [2007-to date]
  • External Assessor, Cultural Heritage Learning and Research, Open University, UK [2007-to date]
  • Lecturer, Cultural Memory Studies, IGRS, London University [2003-to date]
  • Specialist Advisory Committee, AHRC, Community Archives and Identities [2007-to date]UNESCO, Observer Status, Memory of the World Programme – see http://www.org/webworld/memory [Sept 2002-to date]
  • Development of ‘Heritage and Wellbeing’ research group UCL.