Project Archivist = The Trenchard Archive
National Museum
3d ago

Project Archivist : The Trenchard Archive


The Royal Air Force Museum is a national museum, a Government non-departmental public body (NDPB) and a registered charity, with two public sites at London and Cosford.

RAF Museum Enterprises Ltd is the trading arm of the RAF Museum with all profits gift-aided to the Museum to support our charitable activities.

Our vision is to inspire everyone with the RAF story the people who shape it and its place in our lives. Our purpose is to share the story of the Royal Air Force, past, present and future using the stories of its people and our collections in order to engage, inspire and encourage learning.

The Museum’s archive collection contains both official and personal documents which reflect the experience of those who have served with the RAF and its predecessor organisations.

The Museum was honoured recently to be allocated the Trenchard Archive which had been accepted in lieu by HM Government from the estate of the late Patricia, Viscountess Trenchard.

The Trenchard papers are extensive and offer a unique record of Lord Trenchard’s career; the RAF’s first Chief of the Air Staff.

The archive includes documents which relate to his military career pre-First World War. Files containing speeches, correspondence with a number of notable individuals and policy documents are present.

They provide insight into his leadership and continued involvement with the RAF as well as his time as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

The Museum is now looking to employ an experienced project archivist for a fixed two year contract to work with this significant Archive and make it accessible to the Museum’s audience.

The project will involve cataloguing the papers, digitisation work and and promoting the collection. There will also be the opportunity to undertake research in relation to the Archive which will contribute to the Museum’s Research programme.

Applicants should be educated to degree level and be a qualified archivist or be working towards a post-graduate qualification in archive administration.

The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience of working with archive collections, good ICT and communication skills.

They will be a methodical worker with an eye for detail. Experience of working in teams, cataloguing and the use collections management databases will all be essential.

A good knowledge of RAF history is also highly desirable.

The post will be based at our London site.

To apply :

  • Please provide your current CV with a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the role specification to email protected with Project Archivist : The Trenchard Archive on the subject line.
  • Closing date for applications : 5 January 2020 at 12 noon

  • Interviews will take place on : 14 January 2020
  • Apply
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