12 October 2020

London, Manchester, Bradford or York

£36-42,000 p/a DOE


Are you passionate about digital preservation in the heritage sector? Can you train and support colleagues to ensure digital preservation best practice is followed?

The Science Museum Group (SMG) is all about inspiring futures. Due to ambitious growth and development plans, SMG has launched a major digitisation programme and new initiatives to engage wider audiences with the stories in our collection.  SMG is now recruiting for a permanent Digital Preservation Manager to establish themselves as a leading practitioner of digital preservation in the museum sector. The group holds extensive digital content across our diverse and world-class collections, and have plans to accelerate further digitisation of object, photographic and archive collections.

As Digital Preservation Manager, you will be the lead for digital preservation for the Group’s digital assets, including both Collections and Corporate records. You will work closely with colleagues across the Group to advocate for digital preservation, developing and implementing standards and procedures for the preservation of born digital and digitised content. Key to this will be to work with ICT colleagues to procure a Digital Preservation Management System, and establish a digital asset register for the Group. You will also be the principle SMG representative with the Digital Preservation Coalition where you will build close working relationships with the DPC and peer institutes.  This role can be based at any of the SMG sites (London, Bradford, Manchester or York), with the understanding that there may be travel across the Group when required.

You will bring demonstrable expertise in digital preservation, standards and best practice including content management, access, migration and preservation. You will be knowledgeable on relevant metadata standards and data structure standards, along with Digital Preservation Management Systems. Overall, you’ll be passionate about preserving the digital heritage of museums for future generations; able to be an influential advocate for digital preservation across the organisation by building strong working relationships and being an intermediary between technical and non-technical colleagues.


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