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LGBT Project Archivist

Scale 5 £24,135 p.a. pro rata

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Scale 5 £24,135 p.a. pro rata
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Part time 17.5 hours per week
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Islington Heritage Service, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB
Scale 5 £24,135 p.a. pro rata
25/02/2018 23:59

Islington's Pride LGBTQ+ Project Archivist

Term: Up to 18 month fixed-term appointment (17.5 hours per week, part-time, some evening and weekend work involved)

Salary: Scale 5 £24,135 p.a. pro rata

Location: The post is based at Islington Heritage Service, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB

Islington's Pride LGBTQ+ archive collection

Islington Libraries and Heritage Service is seeking to employ an archivist to assist with collecting and cataloguing for Islington Pride, a new Islington LGBTQ+ archive project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The London Borough of Islington is proud to be in the forefront of LGBT+ rights campaigning, as well as being a spiritual home to the LGBT+ community and its activists. A number of organisations chose Islington as their base. These included the Gay Liberation Front, London Friend and London Gay Switchboard. Highbury Fields, the borough’s largest open space, was also the location of the capital’s first gay public protest in 1970.

This important and fascinating collection contains material representing LGBTQ+ communities and related organisations in Islington in the 20th and 21st centuries. The archive covers the history of:

  • Campaigning/politics
  • Development of the LGBT+ community
  • Discrimination
  • Health/well-being
  • Social life

The project archivist will assist collect, sort, catalogue and publicise the collection, and help supervise volunteers. The successful candidate will also help develop an external ‘Digital Landscape’ for the archive and take part in outreach and celebratory events for the project.

Applicants must have a postgraduate qualification in archives and records management and experience of working on cataloguing projects, using recognised cataloguing standards and, ideally, have a good working knowledge of ADLIB (Archive and Library) cataloguing software or similar. You will have excellent communication, organisational and IT skills, be flexible and self-motivated and possess the ability to manage your own workload. You will also be able to work accurately and appropriately with archival material. Occasional evening and weekend working may be required. Recently qualified candidates are welcome to apply.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 25 February 2018 at 23:59

Interview date: Thursday 22 March 2018

For an informal discussion about this vacancy, please contact Alex Smith (Islington Pride Project Manager) on 020 7527 2837. 

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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