Following a consultation in 2015-6 with the surrounding communities of St Pancras and Somers Town, Kings Cross and Bloomsbury wards in Camden, the Library has further expanded their Community Engagement work. Trainee Community Engagement Officer, Amber has supported the delivery of community engagement, community liaison and developing collaborative community projects led by community interest.
The team work with residents to identify activities and areas of interest for research, and then work with expert teams and curators at the British Library to develop relevant projects. These range from one-off site visits for exclusive ‘Show and Tell’ events to larger scale collaborative events such as Bengali New Year which were ran with Age UK Camden and the Great Croft Resource Centre. They also take part in their community festivals to promote events in the library and engage in their sessions on how to gain confidence in employability, encouraging and supporting local youth providers to access the readers room.
For more information visit: www.bl.uk/community-engagement