Collections Assistant

2200034Y Requisition #

| Salary £20,043-£22,129 Per annum | Permanent/Fixed Term, Full Time, 37 hours per week | Lancashire Archives |


There are two full-time posts (37 hours per week), one temporary and one permanent, both based at Lancashire Archives.

  1. Reporting to the Archivist responsible for the archive collections at Lancashire Archives (until 31.08.24)
  2. Reporting to the Archivist responsible for the local history collections at Lancashire Archives and in Lancashire Libraries (permanent).

Unless you specify a preference in your application, you will be considered for both posts.

Our service

Lancashire Archives cares for 900 years of the county’s history. Millions of items are stored on 9 miles of shelving in the strongrooms in Preston. Our collections include everything from medieval parchments to digital sound recordings. We collect and preserve archives so that Lancashire’s stories will be told in the future and to ensure they are also available for everyone to use and enjoy today. We are an Accredited Archive Service, supported by an amazing team of volunteers and the Friends of Lancashire Archives.

Lancashire Archives forms part of Lancashire County Council's Cultural Services, which also includes the Lancashire Library Service, operating around the County and offering a range of services including access to local history collections maintained and accessed within library buildings.

The role

As a Collections Assistant you will play a key role in helping provide access to and caring for the local history collections in Lancashire Libraries and at Lancashire Archives.

You will help produce collections information for customers and document collections, answer enquiries about what we have and the services we offer and help deliver an engaging outreach programme too. We provide volunteers with opportunities to work on our collections and providing them with training and support will also be part of what you do.

About You

You will have an interest in and enthusiasm for history and preferably have experience of working with archive or local history collections. You must have excellent customer service, research, and ICT skills and preferably some experience of using an electronic library or archive management system (for example, DS CALM or Talis Alto). You will also need to communicate effectively and with a range of audiences and able to take ownership of projects and work independently.

If you would like an informal discussion or any further information, please contact Alex Miller (01772 539076) or David Tilsley (01772 533031).

Please ensure you have uploaded and attached your supporting statement to evidence how you meet the criteria for the role. The panel may be unable to shortlist you for interview without this evidence.

In return Lancashire County Council offers a range of benefits, found on our website here

We reserve the right to close down a vacancy early, before the closing date, if we receive sufficient applications

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