Grade 6 (£23,166-£27,394)
Glamorgan’s Blood: Dark Arteries, Old Veins – Cataloguing and Conserving the Records of the National Coal Board
Glamorgan’s Blood: Dark Arteries, Old Veins is a project funded by the Wellcome Trust to catalogue and conserve the records of the Glamorgan area of the National Coal Board (NCB).
The NCB collection is one of the largest held by Glamorgan Archives, comprising 344 boxes, 575 rolls and 707 volumes, and ranging in date from 1799 to 1989. It includes both paper records and photographic media. Despite the inadequate finding aids, the collection is our fifth most frequently consulted. It consists of over 50 separate accessions deposited between 1957 and 2002, which include pre-vesting date colliery records for Glamorgan, records of pits operated by the NCB, and plans and photographic collections relating to the whole South Wales Area. There are records of previously privately owned companies, subsidiary industries and miners’ welfare, including hospitals, pit baths, cottage rents and rescue associations.
Working with a Project Conservator (for 2 years of the project), the Project Archivist will reconstruct identifiable fonds of pre-vesting date records of private companies and catalogue the remaining post-1947 NCB records as an identifiable fonds. You will create authority files and subject indexes conforming to international standards for archival description. You will work together with the Glamorgan Archives team and other stakeholders to ensure that this ambitious project fulfils its objective to support diverse research audiences and engage fully with the public.
The successful candidate will have a degree and a recognised professional postgraduate qualification in archives and records management. Due to the scope and complexity of the collection you will have significant cataloguing experience, including working with CALM. You will be an excellent communicator who can liaise effectively with academics as well as planning and delivering community outreach activities. An understanding of coal industry history and records would be an advantage.
This is an excellent opportunity to help us enhance the discoverability of a varied and significant archive collection, to establish and promote an active research resource and to work at Wales’ largest local authority archive service.
For an informal discussion please contact Rhian Diggins at firstname.lastname@example.org tel.: 029 2087 2299.
This is a fixed-term post available for 3 years from appointment (1st October 2019).
Internal candidates who wish to apply for this position on a secondment basis must obtain approval prior to application using Form SEC1 (4.C.081). Requests may only be approved by the relevant Director/ Assistant Director/ Chief Officer or senior nominated officer graded no lower than OM2 or in the case of schools based staff the Headteacher / Governing Body.
This vacancy is suitable for post share.
We welcome applications in both English and Welsh. Applications received in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than English applications.
To apply candidates will need to visit www.cardiff.gov.uk/jobs
Closing date: 1 September 2016