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Ogechi, Preston Park Young Producer

About you:

I’m a member of the Preston Park Young Producers. I joined this group because I have a passion for history, art and culture. I studied A-Level Medieval and Early Modern history and have a great interest in uncovering the untold stories of the past. I went on to study Chinese and German at university. My time spent in China and Austria as part of my degree gave me a greater appreciation for the richness of a country’s heritage. The UK is made up of so many people’s stories, many from communities that have often been excluded from the narrative. I want to help facilitate people’s access to such a rich culture.

I currently work full-time as a Student Services Officer at a university. When I’m not working or volunteering, I enjoy reading, watching foreign films and TV series, and amateur film photography.

What have you taken part in so far in Young Producers?

Since joining the Young Producers, I have been on several trips to cultural sites across the Northeast, each enriching and engaging. I’ve visited Beamish, the MIMA, Hullabaloo in Darlington, and most recently attended the Northern Cultural Education Awards in Wigan. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to industry professionals and ask them questions about their roles. I’ve been behind the scenes in the Preston Park Collections store to see all the items that aren’t currently on display in the museum. The Preston Young Producers have some exciting things planned for the near future, including a vintage photography event and curating several exhibits in Preston Park Museum, starting with the Hope Exhibit.

What have you enjoyed the most?

I’ve enjoyed meeting and connecting with like-minded young people, and learning industry specific skills that will help me build the confidence to navigate the museum and heritage sector. I particularly enjoyed the trip to Beamish, the Living Museum, and the talk we had with Simon Woolley, the Head of Learning and Access. I also found it fascinating to see the Preston Park Collection stores and enjoyed hearing more about the rationale behind which items are displayed. Above all, it’s been useful to discover the variety of possible routes into this sector.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I would like to work with a combination of history, culture and community within the museum and heritage sector. Currently, I still don’t know exactly what that will look like but I’m excited to find out. I would also love to work somewhere I might have the chance to utilise foreign languages.