Christian Brethren Archivist

Manchester, United Kingdom
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Manchester
Closing Date : 21/11/2018
Salary : £32,236-£39,609
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Library & Cultural Institutions
Division : Engagement and Special Collections
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : 1 January 2019 until 31 March 2022

We are seeking to appoint an Archivist to manage and develop access to the library’s outstanding Christian Brethren Archive. The post is 35 hours per week (full time) until 31 March 2022.

The Christian Brethren Archive is the largest collection in the world relating to a group of independent Christian congregations often referred to as the Plymouth Brethren, Christian Brethren, or simply Brethren. The Archive includes the personal papers of many leading figures in the Brethren movement, as well as institutional archives, such as missionary records of the Echoes of Service agency. There are also over 16,000 books, pamphlets and tracts, and 280 periodical titles. As well as being the world’s foremost source for the history of the Brethren movement, the archive has huge research potential across a wide range of disciplines, from British social history to the colonial and postcolonial studies.

You will be a graduate with a professional qualification in archives administration or similar. In addition, you will have excellent interpersonal, communication and team-working skills; have excellent digital literacy skills; and be committed to, and experienced in, the exploitation of Special Collections for teaching, learning, research and public engagement.

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for The University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community.

You should demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria required in the person specification by giving specific examples in the “additional information” section of the online application form.

Culture and Values – Our Five Ways of Working

The University of Manchester Library strives to create a working environment that is supportive and rewarding, providing a platform from which we can achieve our ambitious strategy.

  • Empowerment – Empowering and supporting individuals to take more risks
  • Openness – More questioning and working with greater openness and trust
  • Inclusion – Creating an inclusive culture by recognising each other’s differences and strengths
  • Responsibility – Taking collective responsibility to achieve our shared goals
  • Support – Delighting in our success whilst supporting each other through adversity

It’s important that all colleagues share in this vision and are committed to helping create a working environment that is both rewarding and fulfilling. Please consider this before applying for this role.

Hours & Place of Work

Normal working hours are 35 hours per week.

The start date will be 1 January 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter by mutual agreement.

This post is based primarily in the Main Library, Oxford Road. However, all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.

All Library staff are required to wear a name badge.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As we are committed to the principles of the Race Equality Charter Mark, we would particularly welcome applications from the black and minority ethnic (BME) community who are currently under-represented at this level in this area. All appointments will be made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: John Hodgson, Joint Head of Special Collections


Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further Particulars