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

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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


Bridging the Digital Gap Trainee

Location: York Explore Library, York

Contract: 15 months fixed term (32 hours per week)

Salary: £14,500 per annum

Closing date for applications: 5 June 2019

To apply: As this post is funded by The National Archives, please complete the application form and apply through their website.

Do you enjoy using digital technology? Are you looking for a challenging IT-focused training opportunity?
With the right support, could you learn the skills needed to help preserve our digital past?

Then we’d love to hear from you! We are now recruiting for a Digital Archives Trainee to join our archives team in October this year on a 15 month contract. The post has been made possible thanks to funding from The National Archives and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, through their Bridging the Digital Gap programme.

Bridging the Digital Gap traineeships are designed to introduce people with technical backgrounds to a rewarding career in the archives sector. We are looking for someone educated to A level (or equivalent) in science, maths, computing or technical subjects – or with demonstrable equivalent experience. You might be a college leaver or a career changer, but you will have a passion for ‘digital’ and some curiosity about the work of archives.

The successful candidate will be employed by The National Archives, but seconded to Explore for 15 months. The traineeship will equip you with the skills to apply for digital archives assistant roles on completion. You will also submit an assessed portfolio, and when you pass you will become a Foundation level member of the Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland).   

The traineeship consists of:

  • 32 hours per week paid employment in an archive
  • completion of an e-learning programme covering the key aspects of digital preservation
  • dynamic face-to-face workshops, learning alongside other trainees in the Yorkshire region (from East Riding Archives, University of Leeds Special Collections and University of Huddersfield) and trainees in London
  • work-based learning activities and tailored projects
  • one-to-one support from a supervisor and a mentor

For more information about the training programme, why not take a look at the dedicated pages on The National Archives’ website. You can also find full details of accepted qualifications, further information about the post and details of how to apply on The National Archives’ job pages.  

We will be having an open afternoon for this post where you can find out more and talk to our archives team. Drop in to the Archives Reading Room on Thursday 16th May anytime between 3pm and 5.30pm.

For specific information about this role and what it entails, please contact our Archivist (Access and Engagement), Laura Yeoman (