Cataloguer Trainee (Breaking New Ground Project)
Location: The Engine House, Swindon, SN2 2EH
Contract type: Temporary
Salary: £20,109 + Benefits (13Mth FTC)
Reference No: 9024
We are the public body that looks after England`s historic environment. We champion historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.
The Historic England Archive is a national photographic archive of the historic environment based in Swindon, with many major collections covering the architecture and archaeology of England. The archives largely date from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day, although nineteenth and early twentieth century archives are also held. They relate to the historic environment in the widest sense, including architectural and archaeological archives and aerial photography. Digital and other electronic formats are increasingly significant and make up a large part of our fascinating archive.
The photographic archive of John Laing PLC is one of the largest collections currently held at the Archive, with over 230,000 images covering all aspects of the company`s history from the early 20th century. Breaking New Ground is an exciting new project for us, funded by the John Laing Charitable Trust, to conserve, catalogue, digitise and make available online 10,000 images from the collection. The project will focus on the rebuilding of England after the Second World War, highlighting many of the company`s most meaningful and iconic projects, from motorways, bridges, reservoirs and power stations to factories, shopping centres and universities.
In this role, you will work alongside a trained Cataloguer to research and catalogue images from the John Laing PLC collection. Are you someone interested in a career in archives and the historic environment? If so, this is a fantastic opportunity and will provide you with the chance to develop your skills cataloguing photographic archive material.
The experience you will gain:
-Experience of working with photographic archive material within a nationally recognised archive
-Experience of working within a dedicated project team
-Experience of entering and enhancing data in a Cataloguing database
-Experience of researching sites and buildings from the post-war era
The learning/training that will be provided:
-Cataloguing photographic archive material in line with agreed standards
-Understanding of the principles of the safe handling and storage of archive material
-Understanding of the tools used to research the built environment
-Ability to interrogate GIS mapping systems
-Potential to learn basic skills in conservation, digitisation and outreach as time allows.
What you`ll be doing:
-Undertaking training in order to create detailed catalogue records using the Historic England Archive catalogue database
-Working with the project Cataloguer to ensure that project targets are met.
-Ensuring the quality of catalogue records by maintaining data standards
-Working closely with other members of the Breaking New Ground project team to ensure that targets are met and flowlines are maintained
-Working with the project Cataloguer to identify images and storylines from the collection to assist with publicising the project
-Assisting with the management, security and accessibility of the collection, and the smooth flow of material into and out of the Archive store
-Developing knowledge and skills in the field of cataloguing and collections management
This is an outline description of the duties and responsibilities involved in the job. It is not exhaustive and may be revised from time to time.
We would like you to hold a degree in a relevant subject, or have gained equivalent experience where you have had exposure to the use of information systems to query data on windows based software or previous experience working in an archive environment. Due to your passion for the historic environment, you already possess a good general knowledge of some or all of the following (in an English context): architectural history and styles; archaeology; geography; historical geography.
You enjoy working with a systematic approach to managing data, combining accuracy and attention to detail with the ability to work to important deadlines
In this role, you will need to have an enthusiastic approach to resolving issues and the ability to take initiatives where appropriate, and your knowledge of primary and secondary resources for the research of the historic environment will assist you with this.
While we will undertake to support you fully in this traineeship, an understanding of the issues relating to the safe handling of archive material will be helpful.
We work to the behaviours listed below, and we would be looking to train somebody in this unrivalled opportunity who can demonstrate the following strengths;
-Hard working - you always seek to put in the required effort and strive for the highest quality of work
-Discovery - you love finding out new things and developing new skills
-Accuracy - you enjoy focussing on the details and working within defined boundaries
-Teamwork - you are able to work flexibly and effectively as part of a team
-Communication - you enjoy actively listening and questioning where necessary
-Outlook - you have a positive and enthusiastic approach to new challenges
Completion of this trainee role could give you a strong basis to apply for a postgraduate course in Archives - these courses usually require experience working within the sector, and you will have gained 13 month`s work experience at a nationally significant archive, working as part of a dedicated project team. We believe this 13 month placement could provide you with a good foundation to build a career pathway in the heritage sector, and are excited to share our knowledge and skills with you.
Interviews to be held 13th and 16th May 2019 at our Swindon offices. Successful candidate will ideally start in post late May 2019.
Historic England is committed to providing equality of opportunity. If you have a disability, we would be happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the job with you.