Contract type:

Contract Temporary


Full time


01904 685 750

Associate Archivist (Sound & Film)

The National Railway Museum (NRM) sound and film archive is part of the Science Museum Group’s (SMG) vast and varied collection of 7.3 million items. It contains over 10,000 analogue film and sound items including gramophone records, audio cassettes, digital audio tapes, reel-to reel magnetic tapes, film reels (mainly 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm), videotapes, digital video tapes and over 3,500 digital sound and video files. The sound collection spans the 1930s to the present day and incorporates railway sounds, oral history and music relating to the railways.

As Associate Archivist based at the NRM in York, you will work to SMG standards to strategically document and process NRM audio visual material, making immersive and exciting content available to support Vision 2025 and to our diverse audiences via Collections Online and via Search Engine, the museum’s research facility.

You will work with Collections and Research and Collections Services colleagues to process new acquisitions including dealing with incoming oral history collections. As a result, you will be an excellent communicator with a deep appreciation for the potential of these collections, championing them to a variety of stakeholders within the Science Museum Group and externally.

In this role you will use your existing experience of supervising volunteers to oversee volunteer archive projects. You will also support the Archives Manager to promote the archive collection via online content and in-person events.

Joining us you will possess relevant experience within Archives and Records Management or a relevant qualification in addition to a commitment to your professional development. You will have the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in addition to possessing a working knowledge of archive and museum cataloguing systems.

The Science Museum Group (SMG) is here to inspire futures. As the world’s leading group of science museums, we share our unparalleled collection spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine with over five million visitors each year. Joining us as an employee, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group. We know work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we currently offer up to 25 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays; BUPA medical and dental care; employee assistance programme; enhanced contributory pension; enhanced occupational sick, maternity, paternity and adoption leave and career breaks.

‘Open for All’ is one of the Science Museum Group’s five core values and sets out our important aspiration to be a place for everyone. As a national museum group, we have an ability to reach a wide and diverse population of audiences, colleagues and partners through our geography and scale.

We are working hard to understand our organisation better and to foster a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, knowledge and expertise. By having greater diversity, we believe that we will be a stronger and better organisation and ultimately will be able to inspire more futures. We therefore welcome applications from those who bring difference.

For further details and to apply, please visit our website.

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