Project Archivist: On the Drawing Board – Plans of York

Location: Tang Hall, York

Contract: 6 months fixed term

Salary: £25,826 pro rata

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Tuesday 7 May 2019

Interviews: Monday 13 May 2019

Download the Job description

To apply: Please complete the Application form and Equal Opportunities in Employment form and then email your application to

The post has become available owing to the secondment of the Project Archivist who will remain involved in the project in a managerial capacity.

The On the Drawing Board project – which is supported by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust, the Wolfson Foundation, the Foyle Foundation and City of York Council – will catalogue a fascinating collection of Engineers’ and Architects’ drawings. These 19th-century and late 20th-century drawings were created by City of York Council and have rich potential for academic researchers, building and design professionals, community historians and local people. As Project Archivist you will explore and realise this potential, making them fully accessible for the first time

Working with teams of volunteers 4 days a week (plus 1 day independent work), you will catalogue and re-house these large-format plans of York. You will create authority files and subject indexes conforming to international standards for archival description.  You will work together with the Project Advisory Board and other stakeholders to ensure that this ambitious project fulfils its objective to support diverse research audiences.

In addition to a postgraduate qualification in archives/records management, you will show initiative and confidence in arranging and describing complex archival collections.  You will have excellent organisational and time management skills, as well as a demonstrable ability to work independently.  Experience of working collaboratively with professional or specialist peers, who may have different or competing priorities, is highly desirable. Experience of large cataloguing projects, volunteer management and of CALM software would also be beneficial.

For specific information about the role and what it entails, feel free to email the outgoing Project Archivist, Julie-Ann Vickers

Please have a look at our instagram account to see images of a selection of plans catalogued to date @exploreyorkarchive