Amber Perrier

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Community Engagement Assistant The British Library  

I am passionate  about art,  particularly drawing London buildings from memory, history of art and cultural heritage. After  receiving  my university degree  in Fine Art, I volunteered in an art charity in Newham  for 6 months  while I was looking for paid work. My diploma in Cultural Heritage has developed my confidence in applying for jobs where I felt I did not have the experience before, and enabled me to pursue my career as a community engagement officer and expand my knowledge on the cultural and heritage sector and its links  with  learning, art, IT, science, oral history, business and corporate  affairs.   

As a community engagement officer in the British Library my role has varied from organising, presentations, communications, conservation, public speaking, research and project managing. During my placement as a Community Engagement officer, the best moments I have enjoyed in The British Library were; project managing large events such as the Bengali New Year celebration with AgeUK Camden  and Thelonious Monk: Modernist Pioneer with Culture&. I loved  joining  in  with  local residents and community partners to view  the  incredible collections  during the  show and tell  sessions  presented by curators; I also worked  with the  lead  curator of African Collections once a week  to learn  the importance of  the  manuscripts and had the opportunity to research with her and meet other lead curators from different divisions. < back