London Metropolitan Archives

The role

London Metropolitan Archives are pleased to offer a Digital Collections Trainee the opportunity to work within their Collections and Digital Services teams and develop core archival and digital skills within a programme of activity which includes preservation, access, engagement and acquisition. The trainee will work on the archive collection of Culture& itself, and learn about how you care for and prepare items such as paper files, posters, publications, videos and cassettes for the public to be able to use. The trainee will also have opportunities to work with other teams at LMA, gaining experience and developing skills with a wide range of staff, including the Conservation and Engagement and Learning teams. LMA is managed and run by the City of London Corporation.

About the employer

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is an accredited local authority archive service which specialises in the history of London. They care for and provide access to the historical archives of businesses, schools, hospitals, charities and all manner of other organisations from the London area. The 100 km of books, maps, photographs, films, documents and born-digital archives in their care date from 1067 to the present and comprise one of the finest city archives in the world.

Person specification

  • No previous paid experience is necessary, however it’s important that applicants are able to demonstrate an interest in the arts and heritage sector through volunteering, self-initiated projects, great research, or demonstration of transferable skills. We want people who can show their motivation, enthusiasm and commitment to developing a career in the arts and heritage sectors
  • We are always keen to receive applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the creative and cultural sectors. This includes people from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background; D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people; those from the LGBTQ+ community, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
  • We are much more interested in your potential than we are in your academic qualifications, and therefore do not require a minimum formal qualification for these traineeships. We would steer postgraduates away from applying - this is a Level 3 qualification and as a postgraduate degree is Level 6 or above, it is not likely to be the most appropriate experience for you.

How to apply

This role is offered as part of New Museum School, a Create Jobs development programme offering Londoners 12-month paid traineeships at leading cultural organisations and awarding a Level 3 Diploma at the end of it.

To be considered for this role, please apply through New Museum School.