JOB: Oral History Archive and Administrative Assistant, London

Posted on 03/04/2017 by


Oral History Archive and Administrative Assistant (London)

National Life Stories (NLS) records oral history interviews with a wide cross-section of British society. As an independent charitable trust within the oral history section of the British Library (BL), NLS has completed interviewing projects about the steel, oil and gas and publishing industries, with Holocaust Survivors, about the financial capital of the City of London, and corporate oral histories of the Post Office, Tesco, Barings Bank, and the UK water and electricity industries. Current fieldwork projects cover the fields of the visual arts, crafts, architecture, authors and writers and British science. For more information visit: NLS collections are an integral component of the British Library’s extensive oral history collection. For more information visit: The collections are accessible via an online catalogue at and a selection of recordings is available online at In conjunction with the Oral History Society (OHS), NLS administers a national training programme in oral history methodology and skills. In 2016 the programme trained over 700 people across the country. For more information visit:

We are looking for someone with proven archival skills and/or library and information skills to assist the Oral History Archivist (to whom this post reports) to accession, copy, document and catalogue our growing collections of in-depth oral history interviews and other audio-visual records – in both analogue and digital formats. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the administration of the British Library/Oral History Society training programme and provide administrative support for the wider NLS and oral history team. Tasks will include room and catering bookings, stationery and equipment monitoring, co-ordinating the production of printed material such as leaflets and letterhead (working with team members, designers and BL copy unit), meeting and events preparation, minuting, and managing the NLS mailing list. The post holder will also upload blogs (prepared by the post holder and members of the oral history team) to the Sound and Vision blog and update the training pages on the OHS website (WordPress training will be provided).

The candidate will need experience of archival and administrative work in a busy office, good general knowledge and excellent interpersonal skills. Archival and/or library and information skills and an interest in oral history are essential for this role, and a candidate with experience of cataloguing audio/audiovisual material would be at an advantage. This role could provide experience prior to an application for an Archives and Records Management postgraduate qualification.

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Applications close at noon on Monday 24 April 2017.