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, 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.