I have always been fascinated by storytelling and history. I firmly believe that by looking into the past we can shape the future. This naturally led me to be interested in the museum and heritage sector. Museums can certainly contribute to a better quality of life but of course, not everyone enjoys visiting such sites or feels welcome at them. It has been this particular reason that has spurred me to work with adults that do not see museums and heritage sites as a space they can claim as their own.
Whilst at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) I was placed within the adult learning team, working alongside my supervisor and Learning Producer, Kim Klug. I was able to work on a variety of provisions provided for adults at the different HRP sites. At Kensington Palace, I primarily worked on a community access programme, Build Your Own Discovery, for adult groups who face real or perceived barriers to engagement with the Palace. I was responsible for finding suitable groups, providing training to group leaders and offering on-going support to them through the creation of resources and guides.
2017 was also the year that saw a blockbuster exhibition at Kensington Palace, Diana: Her Fashion Story. This provided the opportunity for me to work alongside Learning Producer, Rosanagh Fuller, to organise exhibition late openings for adults throughout the summer. I was responsible for helping to create the content and format of the evenings as well as sourcing relevant partners to work with. Both projects were a success, the exhibition lates were sold out events and Build Your Own Discovery engaged with over 1,600 individuals, its highest number of participants reached in the programme’s 5-year history. My aspirations for the future are to continue to work on and deliver projects within museum and heritage sites that seek to diversify audiences.