Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture Project Collections Assistant

Leeds, United Kingdom
£19,612 to £22,417 p.a.
Friday, 6 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Do you have an interest in heritage, and proven experience of supporting projects in museums, heritage venues or archives? Do you want to contribute to a high-profile heritage project? Are you able to work under pressure and to deadlines, whilst keeping to performance standards?

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, creative and flexible individual to work on a project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund that aims to engage new audiences with collections at the University of Leeds and at five partner museums across England. The partner museums are: Dales Countryside Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, Weald & Downland Living Museum, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, and the Museum of East Anglian Life.

The project centres around the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC). The LAVC is a unique and nationally important multi-media archive including the records of the Survey of English Dialects and the Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies. The collection is housed and accessible at the University of Leeds Special Collections:

Enhancement of the archive catalogue data is a key element to this project in order to improve the LAVC’s discoverability, and to provide access to this unique resource for research, learning and teaching. The Collections Assistant will receive initial training and ongoing guidance and supervision from Special Collections. Further detail on the project and guidance on information capture will be given by the wider project team including academics in the School of English.

Special Collections & Galleries at the University of Leeds holds world-class collections encompassing archives, manuscripts, rare books, and the University’s institutional archive and art collection. Access is delivered through our research centre in the Brotherton Library, our two public galleries, and increasingly through rich online content. Resource discovery and the management of collections data are major challenges for the service and are a focus of efforts to effectively showcase our distinctive offer to the University and wider research community.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Tim Procter, Collections & Engagement Manager (Archives & Manuscripts)

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 0979, email:

Location:     Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:     Professional Services
School/Institute:     Library
Category:     Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:     Grade 4
Salary:     £19,612 to £22,417 p.a.
Post Type:     Full Time
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (for 12 months due to external project funding)
Release Date:     Wednesday 04 December 2019
Closing Date:     Wednesday 18 December 2019
Downloads:     Candidate Brief