Archivist (Ushaw and Catholic Collections)

Durham (County) (GB)
£34,304 - £40,927 per annum
27 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Jul 2022
Durham University
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Department and role purpose:

The University Library and Collections is made up of six sections: Collections; Customer Services; Education, Learning and Engagement; Research and Systems; Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions; and Finance and Administration. Staff work flexibly between the sections, 7 enabled by cross-cutting groups, Collections, Education, Engagement, User Experience, Operations, Research, Staff Development and a Programme and Project Steering Group.

The Collections team, under the leadership of the Head of Collections, has broad responsibility for the acquisition, cataloguing, management, preservation and conservation of collections, including modern print and electronic collections, archives, and rare books. Their work also includes the administration of reading lists, inter-library loan, and the provision of search-room and enquiry services for Archives and Special Collections. Their expertise and collections knowledge (alongside colleagues across the department, for example in our museums team) are used in support of learning, teaching, research and public engagement activities.

The Archives and Special Collections at Palace Green Library comprise exceptionally rich and varied material, dating from early medieval to modern, and including manuscripts, archives, rare and open access books, maps, prints, photographs, born-digital and digitised material and some objects. The University also works in partnership with Durham Cathedral to manage and provide access to their archives, based at 5 The College, and also with Ushaw Trust to manage and provide access to library and archive collections at Ushaw College.

The main focus of the role is the archives and book collections held in the former Roman Catholic seminary of Ushaw College in County Durham, which are managed by Durham University in partnership with UshawTrust. These collections built up at Ushaw College since its establishment as a Catholic seminary in 1808 reflect its role as a major institution for Catholic higher education until its closure as a college in 2011. The collections date back to the early Middle Ages and comprise the library and archive of the institution itself, and those of a number of other related Catholic organisations and individuals. The postholder will also have a particular focus on those collections held by the University relating to Catholic communities and organisations. The postholder will split their time between work at Ushaw College and Palace Green Library. They will report to the Senior Manager - Archives and Special Collections and work within the Archives and Special Collections team based at Palace Green Library, and will also work closely with Ushaw staff.