Emma Bull, Schools Programme Manager

Emma Bull – Schools Programme Manager

Our programme of workshops, led by specialist educators, encourages curiosity, creativity and exploration. Sessions develop critical thinking, research skills and visual, verbal and information literacy.

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I get to collaborate with some incredible people

Books have always had a special place in my heart, so working at the British Library and being able to inspire and give learners and teachers unique experiences through our incredible collection is a real privilege. Even though I see it every day, the building holds a magical charm for me too, plus I love the support, variety and autonomy my role offers. I always have several projects on the go and get to collaborate with some incredible people. Moving through the Library’s public spaces, I feel a real connection to the wider building and the buzzing atmosphere of all those great minds at work. I’d like to think our school groups feel as inspired by these spaces as I do!

A typical day? After a cheery hello at the staff entrance, I head to the office to check my inbox. I’ll then catch up with our Administrator to see which schools are visiting (often up to six different workshops a day). I might then plan a conference or master class or think about new sessions to support the next exhibition. I’ll also chat with our workshop leaders to see how their sessions have gone. What makes me tick though is a commitment to making cultural learning open to all. I believe culture isn’t just for the great and the good, but for the greater good. I’m very proud and lucky to work on a programme that truly reflects that ideal. In summary, I’d say if you want a job with the potential to make a real impact on people’s lives, inspire a love of learning and enable access to the arts and culture, make sure you take a look at the British Library.

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