Editors Note

Museumedu is an online, open access, peer-reviewed international journal published from the University of Thessaly Museum Education and Research laboratory (MERLab). The publication of an online international journal has been one of the main objectives of the MERLab, in line with its other publication activities (see: http://museumedulab.ece.uth.gr/main/en/pub_books_en ) with the aim to provide a space for international dialogue on museum education, and discussion over research, theory and practice related to a variety of educational practices within (broadly conceived) cultural environments around the world.

Museumedu is being published annually, on special themes that are announced 18 months in advance, through a Call for Papers. Beyond the particular theme of each volume, each issue may include papers over other themes, since basic aim is to provide a platform for dialogue among research work, practical applications and experiences. Submission of papers and suggestions for the editing of special issues should be sent to the following e-mail addresses: Irene Nakou inakou [at] ece [dot] uth [dot] gr, Niki Nikonanou niknik [at] ece [dot] uth [dot] gr, Panagiotis Kanellopoulos pankanel [at] ece [dot] uth [dot] gr .


Museumedu serves the following main objectives:

Enabling dialogue and communication among groups and individuals involved in the fields of museums, education, culture, the Arts and history, both in our country and in different countries around the world.

Development and critical evaluation of alternative approaches to cultural heritage.

Enrichment of theoretical and research work and practice in the field of museum education, in collaboration with colleagues in several countries and in relation with scientific, educational, cultural, social and art institutions, such as the International Council of Museums (ICOM), museums, archaeological and historical institutions, libraries, archives, universities, research centres and schools.

Presentation of original theoretical and research work, educational projects and educational material, and critical review of relevant publications, resources, exhibitions, conferences etc.



Articles written by researchers, artists, museum personnel, teachers, post-graduate students that present research work and/or explore ideas, questions, reflections, applications and evaluations over museum education are welcome. We also welcome suggestions for publication of special issues edited by external editors.  



All papers submitted for publication go through a rigorous peer-reviewed process (see submission guidelines: http://museumedulab.ece.uth.gr/main/en/node/219). Papers in Greek should be accompanied by an extended abstract in English. Similarly, papers in English will be published together with a long abstract in Greek.



Irene Nakou, Professor Emeritus of Museum and History Education, University of Thessaly.

Niki Nikonanou, Associate Professor in Museum Education, University of Thessaly.

Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, Associate Professor in Music Education, University of Thessaly.


David Anderson, Professor, Museum Education,

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Andreas Andreou, Professor, History and Culture in Education,

University of West Macedonia. Greece.

Kostas Arvanitis, Senior Lecturer, Museology,

University of Manchester, UK.

Amy Bartow-Melia, Associate Director for Programs and Strategic Initiatives,

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, USA.

Alexandra BouniaAssociate Professor, Museology,

University of the Aegean, President of the  ICOM-GREECE, Greece.

Lis CercadilloNational Institution for Educational Assessment,

Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Spain.

Teti Chadzinikolaou, Former President of the  ICOM-GREECE,

International Council of Museums-Greece.

Arthur ChapmanSenior Lecturer, History Education,

Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

Anastasia ChourmouziadiAssistant Professor, Museums, Education

and Communication, University of the Aegean, Greece.

Maria EconomouLecturer, Museum Studies,

University of Glasgow, UK.

Anastasia Filippoupoliti, Assistant Professor, Musem Education,

Demokritus University, Greece.

Andromache GaziAssistant Professor, Museology,

Panteion University, Greece.

Stathis GotsisHead of the Educational Programmes Office,

Byzantine and Christian Museum, Greece.

Alan McCullySenior Lecturer, History and Citizenship,

University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.

Esther SolomonAssistant Professor, Museology,

University of Ioannina, Greece.

Makito YuritaAssociate Professor,

Shimane University, Japan.

Louise ZarmatiLecturer, Humanities and Social Sciences,

University of Tasmania, Australia.



First volume

Museumedu 1. Museums and Education / Theory and Practice: Music, Dance, Mathematics was edited by the Museumedu Editors, Irene Nakou, Niki Nikonanou and Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, and published in Spring 2015, as a first and experimental volume. Hence, it mainly includes papers written by the Museum Education and Research Laboratory members.

Second volume

Museumedu 2. Museums and Education: Oral History was edited by Andromache Gazi and Irene Nakou, and published in Autumn 2015. It includes articles that discuss research, theoretical and practical issues relating to the use of oral history in museums and education internationally, with special references to Australia, England, Greece, Japan, North Ireland and USA.

Third volume

Museumedu 3. Museums and Education: Research approaches, was edited by Niki Nikonanou, Irene Nakou and Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, and was published in June 2016. It includes articles in Greek and in English that discuss inquiries that have been conducted with the scope to investigate theoretical, educational and practical issues that are involved in the social and educational role of museums.

Fourth volume

Museumedu 4. Museum Education: Educational material, activities, experiences, was edited by Irene Nakou, Niki Nikonanou and Panagiotis Kanellopoulos, and was published in June 2017. It includes articles in Greek and in English that critically discuss the planning, the realization and the evaluation of polymorphic educational material and means, educational activities addressing school students, postgraduate students and teachers, as well as educational activities that respond to current social challenges. 

Fifth volume

Museumedu 5. Museums, education and people with disabilities, was published as a special MuseumEdu issue edited by Vassilios Argyropoulos and Charikleia Kanari in October 2017. It includes articles in Greek and in English that critically discuss issues concerning the access of people with disabilities in cultural spaces, such as museums and monuments. It presents relevant contemporary approaches that support the rights of people with disabilities for equal access to culture and, among others, the dimensions and presuppositions of access as well as aspects relevant to learning and social inclusion.

Sixth volume

Museumedu 6. Museums, education and 'difficult' heritage, was published as a special MuseumEdu issue edited by Esther Solomon and Eleni Apostolidou in Autumn 2018. It includes articles in English that discuss issues concerning the exhibition, approach and understanding of 'dificult' cultural heritage in museums and other spaces of cultural reference.


Museumedu 7. Museums in Literature – Literature in Museums, was pubished as a special issue eduted by Evgenia Sifaki is dedicated to the twofold theme Museums in Literature-Literature in Museums. Scholars from different disciplines, such as literary and cultural studies, museology and education, explore and discuss the multifaceted relationship between literature and museums, as well as other places of cultural reference. 

The Museumedu Editors 

Irene Nakou      Niki Nikonanou      Panagiotis Kanellopoulos