First World War or Second World War Enhancement Volunteer for the Greater London Historic Environment Record

The Greater London Historic Environment Record (GLHER) is a comprehensive and dynamic resource of information about the historic environment of Greater London. 

We are looking for a volunteer to help us to enhance the GLHER. This volunteer post is designed to accommodate heritage enthusiasts of all levels of experience. 


  • Location - 4th Floor Cannon Bridge House, Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2YA
  • Hours and time frame - 1-2 days per week for the duration of the project or fixed-term depending on applicant requirements. Hours are flexible (minimum of three hours/day) between 9.30 and 4.30pm Monday- Friday
  • Managed by - Rebecca Seakins, Historic Environment Record Officer, Historic England
  • Closing date for applications - Sunday 6 January 2019

About the GLHER

From the earliest human occupation of London to the present day, GLHER data supports the work of the Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service. Our computerised record contains over 87,000 entries. It provides data on archaeological sites and finds, historic buildings, heritage features, historic parks and landscapes, and supporting sources of information.

Role description

We're embarking on a range of thematic projects to enhance our understanding and management of the historic environment in Greater London. This project will focus on the enhancement of and addition of First World War (WW1, World War One) and Second World War (WW2, World War Two)  GLHER monument records and associated sources. This may include First World War air defence sites or undertaking research into Second World War public air raid shelters. These projects will explore the social and cultural aspects of London’s heritage as well as the physical and historical. They will also use different forms of evidence, such as oral histories and newspapers and the results made accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Volunteers will draw upon previous research and projects undertaken by Historic England such as the War Memorial Listing Project.

Volunteers will also have opportunities to carry out research themselves using our resources. These include an onsite Library and the GLHER database, as well as Historic England’s online library and photographic archives held in Swindon. There may be additional opportunities to visit the National Archives, Imperial War Museum archives and local borough libraries where necessary.

This is a great opportunity to work with London’s archaeological advisory service team enhancing our records, researching, documenting, interpreting and caring for the historic environment.

There will be opportunities to share your work and passion for heritage through internal and external events, communications and social media.

Key tasks

  • Enhancement of the GLHER Database
  • Mapping heritage assets using ArcGIS
  • Cross referencing, checking and validating records
  • Self-guided and guided research
  • Use of social media to share work and champion London’s heritage

Skills and qualities

  • Demonstrable interest in heritage (conservation, archaeology, museums, archives, modern history, social history, arts)
  • An understanding of and interest in London’s unique cultural heritage and historic environment
  • Passion and motivation for heritage and learning
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Experience of working within or using archives preferred
  • Experience of working within formal and informal research and/or office environments preferred
  • Inquisitive and enthusiastic with lots of ideas and initiative
  • Engaging with a range of audiences through social media and other forms of communication (newsletters, blogs etc)

Support and training

Our induction process, training plans and commitment to continuous learning will provide volunteers with a good knowledge of the archaeological and wider heritage sector. Through the tasks described above volunteers will gain a wide variety of skills applicable to a variety of job roles in the heritage sector.

Full training and support will be provided to ensure proficient use of the GLHER database (HBSMR) and its associated digital mapping system ArcGIS.

Volunteers will be supported by the GLHER Project Officer and/or GLHER Officer. Regular volunteer team meetings will be held and opportunities for review available through 1-2-1 support sessions.

What you can expect from Historic England

  • Volunteers may be reimbursed for reasonable local travel costs between home and volunteering location
  • We'll provide a reference about your time with the GLHER, so that you can show future employers or further education providers the work you carried out for Historic England

How to apply

Complete the volunteer registration form and email it to:

[email protected]

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