Work Study Opportunity: Alfred Gillett Trust

Applications are welcomed for the post of graduate heritage trainee and Archives assistant at the Gillett Trust.

Deadline: Friday 24th February 2012

The Trust is responsible for the care of the heritage collections of C&J Clark Ltd, Street, Somerset, and the Clark family. The collections are varied, and include family and business archives, shoe catalogues, point of sale materials, fossils, artworks and furniture, costume, film and sound archives, and a large collection of historic shoes and shoe making machinery. The Trust is currently coming to the end of an exciting project to create new public, exhibition and staff spaces at The Grange, Street, including an innovative passive archive/museum store.

Further information about the archive is available here

Graduate heritage trainee, Alfred Gillett Trust
It is expected that applicants for this post will be planning on pursuing a career in the archive and museum sectors. This post is suitable for candidates wishing to study by distance learning, as appropriate professional support will be given.

Salary (pro-rata)
£17,500
Full-time: 37 hours per week

Duties and responsibilities

  • Enquiry and research work (C&J Clark and public)
  • Reading room invigilation
  • Retrieval of items for readers
  • Cataloguing and editing (Access database and new collection management system eg CALM/Adlib)
  • Physical participation in collection relocations from Street and Castle Cary to new premises in Street
  • Checking, weeding, cleaning and repackaging of archive, film, shoe and Point of Sales collections during relocation
  • Possible management (via Archivist) of casual workers and volunteers
  • Possible contribution to digitisation and oral history projects
  • Participation in other team projects as and when required
  • Requirements

  • Excellent IT skills (Office, scanning etc)
  • Good communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small team
  • Energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail required during removal to new premises and establishment of a professional archive service
  • Physical dexterity and lifting ability
  • Honours degree in a related subject
  • Experience of working or volunteering within the heritage sector, preferably including some cataloguing and enquiry work
  • An interest in fashion would be an advantage
  • Archives assistant (part-time), Alfred Gillett Trust
    This part-time post is suitable for candidates with a general interest in heritage and the history of Clarks and Street, as well as for candidates wishing to pursue a career in the heritage sector at a later stage. Appropriate professional support will be given to a postholder who wishes to qualify by distance learning.

    Salary (pro-rata)
    £16,000 (to be reviewed in March 2013)

    Duties and responsibilities

  • Basic enquiry and research work (C&J Clark and public)
  • Assistance with reading room invigilation
  • Retrieval of items for readers
  • Cataloguing and editing (Access database and new collection management system eg CALM/Adlib)
  • Checking, weeding, cleaning and repackaging of archive, film, shoe and Point of Sales collections prior to and during relocation
  • Physical participation in collection relocations from Street and Castle Cary to new premises in Street
  • Possible participation in museum activities (tours, visits etc)
  • Possible contribution to planned digitisation and oral history projects
  • Participation in other Trust projects as and when required
  • Requirements

  • Excellent IT skills (Office, scanning etc)
  • Good communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small team
  • Energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail required during removal to new premises and establishment of a professional archive service
  • Physical dexterity and lifting ability
  • GCSE Maths and English; three A-levels or equivalent, preferably in Arts and Humanities, or higher level qualifications
  • An interest in heritage and historical collections, as well as fashion, would be an advantage
  • Applications
    Please ring the Archivist, Charlotte Berry, for an informal chat about the post (01458 842557) or email charlotte.berry@clarks.com. To apply, please submit a CV and letter of application by noon, Friday 24th February 2012 by email to Charlotte Berry or by post to:

    Alfred Gillett Trust, 40 High Street, STREET, BA16 0EQ

    Please include contact details for two referees. Interviews will take place on Mon 26th March 2012. If you have not heard from the Trust within 3 weeks following the deadline, we regret that your application has been unsuccessful.

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