IHR Archivist
London Senate House

Job reference: 000752

Location: London Senate House

Closing date: 16/04/2017

Salary: pro rata £34,030 per annum

Employment type: Fixed Term

Department: School of Advanced Study

Sub-Department: Institute of Historical Research (IHR) - non academic

Hours per week: 17.5 Hours per week (0.5 FTE)


The Institute of Historical Research is now seeking an IHR Archivist to join their team in the IHR Library on a part time, two year, fixed term basis. In this role, you will be responsible for the cataloguing and promotion of the IHR Archive. This post is funded in part by the generous support of the Foyle Foundation and the University of London Convocation Trust.

The School of Advanced Study

The School of Advanced Study, University of London, is a unique institution in UK higher education. Comprising a set of postgraduate institutes and a variety of central academic initiatives, it is located within the Bloomsbury precinct of the University in the intellectual heart of London. It is the UK’s national and international centre for the support, promotion and facilitation of research in the humanities, broadly defined. It does this in collaboration with other organisations, notably the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy (BA), learned societies and government agencies.

The mission of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) is to support national and international humanities researchers and scholars by creating opportunities for developing new research agendas and providing unique specialist services and resources.

Institute of Historical Research 

Founded in 1921, the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) is at the centre of the study of academic history in Britain with many international connections as well. It provides a stimulating research environment and is home to more than 60 research seminars meeting regularly through the academic year. The IHR is also home to three research clusters and a publications department; the Centre for Metropolitan History, which specialises in urban history, especially the history of London; the Victoria County History, which is the flagship local history project which has been running since 1899; IHR Digital, which is a leader in digital humanities with 25 major resources online including British History Online; and the Publications Department, which produces monographs, essays and a leading English language academic history journal, Historical Research. The IHR is home to an outstanding open access research library of more than 180,000 volumes. It hosts major events and conferences for historians and all those interested in History, and it has a dedicated programme of research training.

The Role 

As the IHR Archivist you will be responsible for the cataloguing and promotion of the IHR Archive, ensuring that it is stored and catalogued to relevant national and international standards. You will work with the IHR Librarian and others as required to ensure a suitable cataloguing system is in place and develop a cataloguing plan and catalogue the IHR archive to international standards (ISAD-G). You will oversee volunteers and trainers, develop an in-house skills-based archival training course for IHR library staff and postgraduates, and develop and implement archive and reading room policies. In this role you will also have the opportunity to represent the IHR externally at relevant groups and make a contribution to the archives field. 

To be considered for this role, you will require experience of working in a public-facing role and an archives environment (or similar). You will have knowledge and experience of cataloguing systems, e.g. CALM, Adlib or AtoM, and cataloguing archives to ISAD-G standards. We're seeking an individual with a recognised archives qualification and the ability to work as part of team. This post is funded in part by the generous support of the Foyle Foundation and the University of London Convocation Trust.

Though this role is advertised as a two year fixed term contract working 17.5 hours a week (0.5 FTE), we are pleased to advise that we would also welcome applications from candidates seeking a full time, 35 hour week post (1.0FTE) on a 12 month fixed term basis. Please note your preference in your application. 

For enquiries regarding this post, please contact Dr Matthew Shaw, IHR Librarian on matthew.shaw@sas.ac.uk 

For a full job description and person specification, please download the below documents. 

Further Information 

To apply for this position, please submit your CV and Covering letter by clicking the button below. The close date for this role is midnight on Sunday, 16 April 2017. 

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