Join Our Team - New Archivist Job Role

Applications are invited for the post of Archivist on our Heritage Lottery funded project 'Swiss Rolls, Tea & the Electronic Office: A history of LEO, the world's first business computer'.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 30th November 2018.

Archivist (Part Time)

This is a fixed term contract and full details can be found below:

Job Title: Archivist
Hours: Three days a week (0.6 FTE) Fixed term until December 2019 in the first instance, extended to Aug 2022 if HLF 2nd round pass is achieved
Salary: £25,000 pa pro rata
Responsible to: Project Manager
Location: Cambridge

Download full details here.

CCH is a museum and charity with collections and learning at its heart. We opened as a museum in Cambridge in August 2013, and are currently working towards accredited museum status. The museum's core purpose is to increase understanding of developments in computing over the past 80 years by exploring their social, cultural and historical impact. We have a significant collection of computing artefacts and hands-on displays and, in association with the LEO Computers Society (LCS), we have been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for a project on the history of the Lyons Electronic Office, the world's first business computer.

This 4-year project will 'unlock' artefacts relating to the early development of computers, particularly the Lyons Electronic Office (LEO) computers, by making them coherent, accessible and relevant for the first time to new audiences. LEO computers were the first business computers in the world, developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s by mass catering firm Lyons, famous for its high street teashops, and were based on the Cambridge EDSAC. Our vision is for greater recognition in the public imagination for LEO's contribution to the history of computing; it is a story of which Britain should be proud but which is currently virtually unknown.

The principal role of the LEO Computers Heritage Project Archivist is to work with the existing CCH collections team in the management of the LEO Computers collection at CCH and its services to users. A major focus of the project is digitisation of the collection and the creation of effective platforms for access and engagement with it.

Full details, including Person Specification, are available here.

The post is part time (3 days per week). The contract will be for 2 phases of work:

1. Development phase (Jan 2019-Dec 2019)
2. Delivery phase (Jan 2020- Aug 2022)

To ensure continuity of the role and the project, CCH will be funding the post from Oct-Dec 2019 while the Round 2 Application is under consideration by the HLF. A break clause will be included in the contract, however, whereby the contract will terminate in December 2019 if we are unsuccessful with the HLF Round 2 application.

Email or post a CV and covering letter outlining reasons for applying and skills you will bring to the post.

Post: Lisa McGerty, Centre for Computing History, Rene Court, Coldhams Lane, Cambridge CB1 3EW

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 30th November 2018.

Interviews: will take place on Wednesday 5th December 2018.

CCH is unable to reply to every application. If you do not hear from us within three weeks after the closing date, you should assume that you have not been short-listed for interview.

The post-holder may be required to undergo an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

The Centre for Computing History is committed to equality of opportunity.


Date : 19-11-2018

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