Job: Part-time Archivist

The Daughters of Wisdom are seeking a part-time qualified Archivist to take over from their current archivist to look after and develop the archive collection housed in Romsey, Hampshire and manage the records management aspects of the organisation/business.

Starting salary: £23,000 pro rata

Closing date & time: Sunday 3 December 2017 @ 23:59

For a job description and person specification please email:

Job ad: Archivist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced qualified archivist at the Convent of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in Oxford. This is a full-time post involving managing and organising all aspects of the archive for the Order, and is for an initial period of three years, including a six-month probationary period. The salary on offer is between £28,000 and £32,000 dependent on experience. Please see attached documents for further details.
Applicants should send a Curriculum Vitae, covering letter, and personal statement to Sister Carmel Murtagh SHCJ, 14 Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QB or by email to<>. Please also direct any queries to the same person.
The closing date for applications will be the 24th November 2017 and interviews will take place during the week of the 4th December 2017.

Historic Libraries Forum conference

The Historic Libraries Forum is holding their 2017 conference “Keeping the glass half full: strategies for the future” at Lambeth Palace Library on Monday 13 November.

Speakers will include Melinda Haunton on “Archive Service Accreditation and service development” and Duncan Chappell on recovering from the Glasgow School of Art fire. The event will also feature case studies from Ushaw College (Durham), St Bride Library and the Library of Innerpeffray, with hosts Lambeth Palace Library also presenting plans for their new library and archive service.

Booking is now open. The booking fee (£48) includes refreshments, lunch and complimentary attendance at the wine reception, which will follow the conclusion of the conference. The reception is being held in celebration of the Forum’s 25th anniversary, and will feature a toast by the its first chair, Peter Hoare.

Paper Conservation Training Event


Training afternoon, Friday 16th February 2018


Paper Conservation following a Disaster


Sue Hourigan, Senior Conservator,

Berkshire Record Office


Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6AF


1pm to 5pm


£35 members. £37 non-members


Please send a cheque made out to the Catholic Archives Society to the treasurer, Sr Benignus O’Brien, Langdale House, 42 Petitor Road, Torquay TQ1 4QF

Further information

Margaret Harcourt Williams,

Job ad: Archivist



 £25,000 – £27,000 per annum/pro-rata

The Archive of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham was established in the 1950s, and was one of the first Catholic collections to be listed by the National Register of Archives. Since then it has been developed by successive archivists, and now has an electronic catalogue using the CALM system. The archives are housed in St Chad’s Cathedral House, Queensway, Birmingham.

The primary responsibility of the archivist is to support the administration of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and its departments and agencies, through effective management and care of historic records. There will also be the requirement to deal with research enquiries, and potentially, scope to develop or encourage outreach and educational support.

A part-time Archivist (20 hours per week) with appropriate postgraduate qualifications, and professional experience is sought for this role. The successful candidate will be capable of working on his/her own, and will have appropriate language skills, including some knowledge of Latin and French. Enhancement of language skills, along with any other requirements, will become part of the archivist’s continuing professional development, for which provision will be made.

It is anticipated that the appointee will have an active interest in post-Reformation Catholic history, and be willing to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of Catholic archives through engagement with other professional and related bodies, and with individuals in comparable posts.

The Diocesan Archives is an independent department within the Diocesan Curia, the appointee will, however, from time-to-time find it necessary to work collaboratively with other departments within the Curia, including planning, finance etc. The appointee will be answerable directly to the Diocesan Trustees, through an individual member of the trustees, who will be appointed as line manager. In addition, there will be an advisory group (including the archivist’s line manager) appointed to oversee, support and mentor the work of this role, which will meet with the archivist 3-4 times a year.

The initial period of appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of extension, or a permanent appointment thereafter.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Judith Champ, telephone 0121 321 5014, email:

Application should be made, by submitting a full Curriculum Vitae (CV) and accompanying letter, which should set out relevant experience and why you are interested in this role. Your application for this role should be emailed to Gerry Dryden, Human Resources Director, at by no later than noon on Friday 29th September, 2017. Interviews for this role have been scheduled for Monday 16th October, 2017.