The Breaking New Ground Project

We are recruiting a project team to work on Breaking New Ground, a project funded by the John Laing Charitable Trust. This 21-month project will open up the John Laing plc photographic collection to the 1.3 million people who currently use the Historic England Archive across the world.

The project

This collection of photos provides a comprehensive record of Laing construction projects across the country in the second half of the 20th century. Our project will:

  • Assess the collection and prioritise images in need of urgent conservation
  • Catalogue and digitise 10,000 images
  • Engage with retired employees of John Laing plc to gather oral histories
  • Work with primary schools to engage pupils in the history of the John Laing plc sites in their local area
  • Produce and disseminate new online education resources


The project will run for 21 months starting this year and we're looking to recruit the following roles throughout the project:

  • Project Manager
  • Image Selector
  • Conservator
  • Conservation Trainee
  • Digitisation Officer
  • Digitisation Trainee
  • Cataloguer
  • Cataloguer Trainee
  • Outreach Assistant 

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