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Cataloguer, Modern Archives & Manuscripts

Vacancy Details

Salary: £26,000 per annum (pro rata)
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 02/10/2020
Date Posted: 01/29/2020
Reference: 03215


Full Time, Fixed Term until 30 September 2021



The Modern Archives and Manuscripts section is responsible for the India Office Records and the Western Manuscript collections (1601-1950). The cataloguer’s main task will be to catalogue the Legal Adviser’s records in the India Office Records. This collection comprises the records of the standing counsels retained by the East India Company (1600-1858) and the India Office (1858-1947). The post-holder will catalogue the records into the Library’s online archive cataloguing system, and will promote the records to relevant audiences. The post-holder will also support the wider work of the team as required.


Candidates should be qualified archivists or have equivalent experience, with a first degree in a relevant subject. They should have experience of archival cataloguing and a sound knowledge of the relevant standards. A proven track record of completing work to deadlines is essential. A familiarity with legal records and/or an interest in legal history is strongly desirable. The post offers the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge of an important collection, in an archive that is the primary source for the history of the British administration in India.


As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At present we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.


In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 26.6% (this may be higher dependant on grade) Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.


For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref:03215


Closing date: 10 February 2020

Interview date: 4 March 2020


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Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.


In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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