Archive Research Assistant (Unlocking Our Sound Heritage) Ref 3535

School/department: The Library based at the Keep 
Hours: full-time (36.5 hours/week)
Contract: fixed term until 30 September 2021 
Reference: 3535
Salary: starting at £28,936 and rising to £32,548 per annum
Placed on: 14 August 2018
Closing date: 12 September 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: 25 September 2018
Expected start date: as soon as possible

Job description

The Keep will be working with the British Library and nine other partner organisations on the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project. We are delighted to be recruiting for the post of Sound Preservation Engineer, which will be part of the project team based in The Keep.

The post holder will be part of a small project team at The Keep and will work closely with colleagues at the British Library and the other regional hubs around the UK.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to:

About the project

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage is a major national project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by the British Library, aiming to digitally preserve almost 500,000 endangered sound recordings from across the UK and make 100,000 available online, transforming the visibility of sound archive collections in the process.

The Keep is the regional hub for the South East of England. Over three years, we will work with partners across the region to ensure that 5,000 sound heritage items are digitally preserved and accessible to new audiences. The digitised material will then be used as part of innovative learning and outreach activities.

We are one of 10 national and regional hub partners recruiting project staff in Aberystwyth, Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Glasgow, London, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich during summer 2018.

About the role

The purpose of this post is to process and catalogue the digitised sound recordings that have identified for preservation and dissemination within the South East Regional Hub of the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Project.

The post holder will create and amend catalogue records and other metadata, assist with rights clearance activities and oversee the day to day digital data workflows. The post holder will also be responsible for the supervision of volunteers.

Download job description and person specification Ref 3535 [PDF 153.56KB]

How to apply

Download our non-academic application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

Download our terms and conditions summary for Clerical and Related Staff Terms and Conditions [DOC 35.00KB]

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