10 June 2019


£23,175 p/a

Fixed Term


Parliamentary records are at the heart of our democracy. They have embodied our liberties, rights and responsibilities for over five hundred years. The Parliamentary Archives helps Parliament work more efficiently and openly, enabling it to make its decisions and act as effectively as possible. And the archives wants to inspire everyone with the compelling story of Parliament, people, and communities’ right up to the present day.

Based in the Preservation & Access Team, this post is an opportunity for a self-motivated individual with an interest in archives and digital heritage to gain work experience maintaining and developing services in a modern archive.

The Role 

The work of the post holder will incorporate work with both digital and paper records, with a focus on preserving and adding to significant digital collections. The post holder would be involved in a wide range of practical work and be provided with excellent development opportunities across the Parliamentary Archives.

The job will be offered as a training post and will be on a fixed-term basis running from 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2020. Reporting to the Digital Archivist, you will be supervised and mentored by colleagues with the aim of preparing you for a career in Digital Preservation/Digital Curation.

The post holder will be supported in their career developments and will be mentored through future job or university applications.

The post is not designed for students already enrolled in full or part-time archives courses, including distance learning courses, or who have an existing postgraduate archives qualification.

The Person 

The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience: 

  • Demonstrable interest/aptitude in digital technologies. This may be demonstrated through relevant A-levels and or comparable work experience, e.g. technical support or software development, in employment or as a hobby
  • An interest in heritage, archives or collections management, especially digital collections
  • Ability to organise one's own time while keeping to schedules and meeting deadlines
  • Research skills and the ability to assimilate and interpret a wide range of sources
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment, with a demonstrable commitment to a work environment of mutual trust and respect, where diversity and inclusion are valued

More information can be found in the job description: 

Digital Archives Assistant Trainee - May 19(110kb).pdf – 109KB 


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