Canal & River Trust

  • Archivist

    Job Locations UK-Ellesmere Port
    Job ID
    Closing Date
    Position Type
    Permanent FT
    Advertised Salary
  • Job Purpose

    We're the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, because we believe that life is better by water. Every role across the Trust plays it's part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.

    An exciting opportunity has arised for a qualified Archivist to help us develop and make more accessible a unique and internationally significant archive on canals & waterways. The Archive contains tens of thousands of records and media and has an eclectic mix of official canal records and personal remembrance of the waterways over the last 250 years.

    Working with an existing part time colleague, your role is to develop and care and the Archive to national standards and to raise the profile, use and appreciation of the collection we hold with both internal and external users. To help you achieve this there is a group of dedicated and experienced colleagues that support the archives and other colleagues in the Museums and across the Trust.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    Key Responsibilities

    • Providing a well presented, user friendly and professional archive service for both external and internal users and enquiries.
    • Cataloguing and handling associated documentation to ISAD (G) and Spectrum standards, using Collections Index +.
    • Manage and develop volunteers, to undertake research and manage the Archive Reading Room.
    • Audience/user development and promotional activities, including event organisation and delivery.
    • Work with the Trust’s Records Management Team to ensure appropriate records are maintained for the Archives – both physical and digital.
    • Maintain and develop online research content.
    • Recording and preserving oral histories provided by people who have worked on the waterways.
    • Evaluating records for preservation and retention, which may require repair or conservation.
    • Prioritising and managing requirements and resources to within an agreed budget.

    Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

    • Postgraduate qualification in Archives Administration, or equivalent experience
    • Experience of cataloguing and related documentation processes.
    • Experience of digitization and grasp of digital preservation issues.
    • Experience of working with volunteers.
    • Experience in a customer services role.
    • Good communication and organisational skills.

    What We Offer

    In addition to your salary we offer access to a generous contributory DC Pension Plan, and excellent annual holiday entitlement. More information on our benefits can be found here


    We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do. All candidates will be treated on the basis of their merits, skills and abilities and solely by being assessed against the requirements for the job. Many of our vacancies can be considered for people who wish to work flexibly, job share or part time.


    The interview date for shortlisted candidates will be Thursday 14 November 2019 at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.


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