Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ankara
Culture and Tourism Expert
Meltem is an Art and Architectural Historian, Culture and Tourism Expert for the Turkish General Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Museums. She deals with issues concerning temporary and continuous museum exhibitions, new techniques for object displays and the connection between cultural heritage sites and museums.
Since 2018 Meltem has been preparing for associate professorship exams in the area of museum and cultural heritage studies. After completed her PhD, she continues to engage with an academic career through writing new publications and holding seminars about museum exhibition, oral history work and museology, cultural heritage sites and museums etc. studies. Both private and government museums in Turkey are accountable to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and in accordance with the Ministry of Education, museum efforts are focused on the role of museums in education. Within this context Meltem aims to make museums more accessible and useful for the children and local people, who live in the area of protected heritage sites. She also works on the concept of living social museums through her seminars and training programmes.
Meltem is also interested in museum architecture associated with museum collections.
At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2011, Meltem was based in the Greece and Rome Department and her partner placement was spent at Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.
Meltem’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Persephone: The daughter of Knidus.
Since the 2011 ITP summer programme, Meltem has collaborated with ITP team for the blog and also with 2011 ITP fellows from Palestine and India for professional support. For her academic and Ministry projects about museology, she continues her communication with Bristol Museums, People’s History Museum and Manchester Museums and uses visual and written material from these museums, which were taken during the 2011 ITP summer programme.
In November 2018 Meltem participated in the ITP MA Conference programme in Belfast. With fellows from Egypt, Lesotho and Kenya, Meltem attended a programme structured around National Museums Northern Ireland and the three-day MA Conference on Dissent: inspiring hope, embracing change.
ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 1 (2013), Bulletin Board
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Collections in focus: Gods of the underworld in Yazılıkaya
ITP Newsletter Issue 3 (2016), Reasons for celebration: 30 years of Hattusha on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
ITP Newsletter Issue 9 (2022) Is it ok to continue: recycling applications in Turkish museums