Naomi Oppenheim is a collaborative doctoral student at UCL and the British Library. Her research looks at the Caribbean diaspora in postwar Britain, examining how communities reclaimed history through popular formats like the newspaper. In 2017/18, she helped curate the British Library’s Windrush: Songs in a Strange Land exhibition. Bringing together her personal and academic knowledge of migration, she contributed to Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Generation (2018).
She has presented her research across the UK – at universities, the Institute of Historical Research, local libraries – alongside writing for the Americas blog (BL) and co-creating a history podcast about ‘Black London’. Dedicated to challenging national stories, Naomi teaches sixth form students black British history, on what came before Windrush, through UCL widening participation. Committed to public history, Naomi’s interested in how we make ‘big’ ideas accessible to wider audiences, particularly through television.