Roger Walshe is Head of Public Engagement & Learning at the British Library, responsible for development and delivery of the Library’s programmes for the public, teachers and students, lifelong learners, families and communities. At the heart of his work is a passion for bringing together people, ideas and artefacts. Much of his work has explored spoken and written language, literature and literacies.
He was co-curator of the exhibition Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices in 2011 which explored the history and diversity of the English language from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. This included persuading 10,000 people to record themselves reading the children’s story Mr Tickle so their voices could be archived for posterity.
More recently, he led the development of the Discovering Literature website which brings together over 1000 of the Library’s greatest literary treasures, from the letters of the Brontë sisters to William Blake’s notebooks and Oscar Wilde’s drafts of the Importance of Being Ernest.
His academic background is in English and Philosophy with an MSc in Science Communication. He is a visiting speaker at a number of universities.
Feeding the world: can we engineer away hunger?
"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student