Up Front with… Arike Oke & Esther Hallberg

Commissioned by Hull Museums and produced by ARCADE
Hosted by Rach Drew


FRIDAY 10th JUNE, 2022

1pm - 2pm

Online Event, Free, Booking Essential

Are you a woman working in museums or archives? Or maybe you’re interested in a career in culture and heritage? 

Join us online for a chat with brilliant female leaders from the sector.

We invite you to recharge your energy in the hour-long talk aimed to support, inspire and embolden you. Including Q&As, all sessions are a trans-inclusive space for women, femme identifying and non-binary folk to have safe and honest discussion about their experiences in culture.


Arike Oke is a noted cultural leader, a registered archivist and curator. She is Executive Director of Knowledge and Collections at the British Film Institute. Formerly she was the Managing Director for Black Cultural Archives, the home of Black British history.


She’s worked in heritage for over 15 years, from the seminal Connecting Histories project in Birmingham, to developing Wellcome Collection’s archive, and co-convening Hull’s first official Black History Month. Her fiction is published in magazines and anthologies. Her critical art writing has been featured in The Girls Are and This is Tomorrow. Her academic writing has appeared in journals. She has written an anti-racism book for children to be published in 2022.

Esther Hallberg is the Access and Inclusion Manager for Hull Museums. In over 15 years in the heritage sector, Esther has worked as an Education Officer, including at the Hull History Centre creating the education programme from scratch and as a Freelancer developing museums education sessions across Yorkshire. 


As well as a specialism in Access, she developed expertise in Early Years as the Under 5s Project Developer at Hull Museums from 2015-18. During this time she project managed the Explore Art gallery for Under 5s, which was Highly Commended at the 2018 Museums + Heritage Awards.

To Book

This event takes place on Zoom and you must book your place to attend.




Up Front will be live captioned and facilitated as a relaxed event (which means you can take part in whatever way is best for you).  If you have any access requirements please let us know in advance by emailing