Come and work with us!

Come and join our team!

We’ve secured a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Grant to catalogue an exciting set of collections relating to sports history including skiing, boxing, football and the Special Olympics!

If you have any questions or want to discuss the role please contact me on, with the caveat that with the holidays I may not respond immediately, but will aim to do so in good time before the application deadline.

Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing)

Reference: D-60540821-02

Faculty/Directorate: Library & Learning Services


Salary Info: Grade E, £ 27,025 – £ 33,199


Contract Type: Fixed Term (26 months), Full-time


Advert Closing Date: 07 January 2019

Interview date: 16 January 2019


To act as cataloguer for the ‘Unboxing the boxer: cataloguing papers relating to sport at De Montfort University Special Collections’ project funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Award.

-Assist the Special Collections Manager in accordance with the objectives,policies and procedures of Special Collections.

-Produce ISAD(G) compliant catalogue descriptions of collections included in the project scope, including relevant background research, arrangement, and making the catalogues available online with appropriate indexing.

-Ensure that any sensitive material is catalogued in compliance with relevant legal or data protection requirements.

-Undertake preservation tasks ensuring that collections are handled, packaged and stored according to best practice and the requirements of PD:5454.

-Promote the project both within and beyond the institution, including delivery of displays, talks and newsletter or social media content.

-Take on any other duties that might be required in the team.

Ideal Candidate

Candidates will have or be able to demonstrate:

-A first degree in a relevant subject; post-graduate qualification in archive studies or demonstrate significant progress towards gaining said qualification or demonstrate significant work experience in archives roles is essential

-Experience of working with library or archive cataloguing and collection management systems

-Understanding of best practice and standards in cataloguing of archives and their care

-Commitment to team working to deliver a high quality service

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

-Experience of using archive cataloguing software is desirable but not essential, Special Collections uses Epexio.

To apply:


About Katharine Short

When I was 13 every careers questionnaire I did at school suggested I become an archivist. In rebellion I studied History of Art at Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute before giving in to the inevitable and undertaking a qualification in Archives Administration at Aberystwyth University. I worked at King’s College London Archives and the London Metropolitan Archives before becoming the Archivist here at DMU in January 2013. My role is hugely varied: answering enquiries and assisting researchers, sorting, cataloguing, cleaning and packaging archival material, managing our environmentally controlled storage areas, giving seminars, talks and tours, researching aspects of University history, liaising with potential donors and advocating for the importance of archives within the organisation. I am one of those incredibly fortunate people who can say ‘I love my job’ and really mean it.
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