Birmingham City Council

Archives and Collections Manager

Library of Birmingham Centenary Square B1 2ND
£35,745 - £43,857
06 Oct 2021
31 Oct 2021
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The Library of Birmingham is looking for an experienced and highly motivated manager for the Archives & Collections team. This is a very exciting opportunity to lead a team consisting of archivists, archives assistants, a conservator, a librarian and a digital preservation officer, working at the iconic Library of Birmingham building. The library is home to an internationally significant collection of archives, photographs and rare books, with over 6,000 archive collections dating from the 12th century to the 21st century. In addition to our archival holdings, we also hold significant special collections which include an extensive local studies collection, the Shakespeare Collection, photography collections and a wonderful early and fine print collection consisting of 13,000 items.

To be responsible, as part of a curatorial team, to the Special Collections Senior Manager, for the following;

1. To generate high quality research content for exhibitions and projects, using inter-connected library and archive collections to engage multiple audiences and learning contexts. undefined.

2. To have direct involvement in the development of the collections in order to sustain a universally recognised collection of materials and a high standards of service delivery. undefined.

3. To support the development of effective working relationships and partnership working, and to play an active role in order to support the service objectives. undefined.

4. To provide subject matter expertise on key Library of Birmingham Special Collections. undefined. To assist the Special Collections Senior Manager in the development of the Service as part of a comprehensive library service for the City of Birmingham.

As a key part of the management team working across the Library and Archives Service, you will be a qualified and knowledgeable archivist with proven experience of staff management, of supporting and managing projects, of conservation, preservation and disaster planning, of communications (particularly social media), and of developments in digital preservation.

The archives service has been particularly successful with its projects and engagement activity, and the successful candidate will be committed to building on this work. To be successful, you will be able to work flexibly, understanding the requirement to change priorities according to the needs of the service, you will be comfortable working as part of the wider management team, and you will be keen to participate in the variety of activities undertaken at the Library of Birmingham.

For informal enquires please Dawn Beaumont on 07808570882 or


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We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.


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