Institute of Archaeology


Naomi Haywood - Honorary Senior Research Associate

Naomi Haywood
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate
  • BA, MSc, PhD
  • Email:naomi.haywood@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Naomi worked as a research associate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology from 2016-2018, conducting research on the 'Building Bridges' project in collaboration with the Science Museum in London. The project aimed to provide links between science at secondary schools, at the Science Museum and as part of every-day family life. Research on the project focused on families from under-represented backgrounds and included the use of ethnographic methods to consider their views, experiences and connections with science and the Museum.

Naomi completed her PhD at King's College London in 2016 for which she researched families' interactions with science at Kew Gardens - a large botanic garden in London. Prior to her doctoral research Naomi worked in museums for many years, including at the Science Museum and Natural History Museum in London.

Research Interests

  • Science and health communication
  • Community outreach and learning within diverse communities
  • Public engagement and learning in museums, science centres and heritage sites
  • Qualitative research methods, particularly the use of ethnographic methods

Naomi is currently working with Theano Moussouri and colleagues at the Science Museum on publications and other dissemination activities associated with the 'Building Bridges' project.


Selected recent publications

  • Haywood, N. (forthcoming - 2018). Accompanied visits as a tool to understand visitors' experiences: A critical reflection and proposed typology. Visitor studies
  • Haywood, N. (forthcoming - 2018). 'Beauty in the Foreground, Science behind the Scenes 'Beauty in the foreground, science behind the scenes': Families views of science learning in a botanic garden. Journal of Environmental Education Research.
  • Haywood, N. and Moussouri, T. (2017). The Building Bridges Project at the London Science Museum: Using An Ethnographic Approach with Under-Represented Visitor Groups. Archaeology International. 20, pp.69-73. DOI:http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.356. https://www.ai-journal.com/articles/10.5334/ai.356/
  • Haywood, N. (2015). Kew Gardens as a setting for family science learning. Botanic Gardens Conservation International Conference Proceedings. Available online at: http://www.bgci.org/public-engagement/edu_congress/