Dr Chandan Mahal has over twenty years’ experience of working in museums and archives, managing and developing education and community engagement programmes for diverse audiences. She is the Learning Projects Manager for the National Learning Programme at the British Library. She recently led the national learning and engagement activities for the Unlocking our Sound Heritage project, which involved ten UK regional partners working collaboratively with various health agencies and providers, community organisations, artists and educators. She has led on many gallery and heritage digital projects (Museum of London, The Women’s Library, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).
Chandan has served on the UNESCO Committee for Intangible Heritage and was a commissioner for the Greater London Authority’s Mayors Commission on African and Asian Heritage. She is currently a Trustee of the Heritage Alliance and a Fellow at the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers), where she carried out a PhD, researching the relationship between family history, ancestral place and diaspora, as part of a collaborative doctoral award with Queen Mary University of London.