Izzy Bartley


I am a postgraduate research student working within the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. My doctoral research focuses on the representation of colonialism in board games and how we can use these games as learning tools within museums and the board game industry itself. I am interested in how these objects of material culture are both products of, and influencers in, our view of the world and shared histories.

My background is in education – I have taught in the UK and abroad in both formal and informal settings. Prior to starting my doctoral research I worked for Leeds Museums and Galleries. My role included managing MyLearning, a website hosting learning resources for teachers, and digital interpretation across the nine sites. I gained a Distinction in my Masters in Cultural Heritage Management from the University of York (UK).

Research interests

  • Board games as a medium of cultural memory
  • Material studies
  • Object based learning
  • Colonial histories and legacies
  • Neocolonialism
  • Play-based learning


  • MA Cultural Heritage Management
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • Qualified Teacher Status