Archives Assistant

Posted 19 days agoExpires in 3 days
Lambeth Palace Road, London
£23,808 - £24,990 after probation

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Lambeth Palace Library, founded in 1610, is the historic library and record office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Following the merger with the Church of England Record Centre in 2020 it is now the principal repository for the archives not only of the Archbishop of Canterbury but also of the National Church Institutions in London. Further details may be found on the Library’s website:

We are looking for an Archives Assistant to support the vision and mission of the Library, which is freely open for public use, serving as a research centre specialising in ecclesiastical history.

Your role will be fascinating and diverse, ranging from advising and engaging with readers and researchers to creating catalogue records and assisting with preservation work.

To be successful, you will need experience of working in a public service environment, enthusiasm for archive and library collections and good oral and written communication skills.

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Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 14th December 2021.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role

  • Engaging with readers and researchers, including both internal and external users, to promote the use of the collections, through assisting in the running of the Reading Room on a rota basis, including document production and other related duties.
  • Answering enquiries and advising readers and researchers on sources in the Library and in other collections; providing copies of material, principally in digital formats.
  • Creating catalogue records using CALM for Archives software, for web delivery via the Library’s online catalogue.
  • Assisting with preservation work (e.g. re-packaging).
  • Participating in, and where necessary delivering, role appropriate outreach and engagement activities to support the Library’s vision to be accessible to all, such as writing blogs or contributing to work on exhibitions.
  • Improving collections knowledge through regular continuing professional development activities.
  • Working with colleagues to ensure the security and safe use of the collections.

The Requirements



  • Good IT and keyboarding skills, including Microsoft Office.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • An interest in, and enthusiasm for, archive and library collections.


  • Experience of working in a public service environment.
  • An understanding of how user services operate within archives and libraries.
  • Familiarity with archive management systems, preferably CALM for Archives.

Personal Attributes:

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to deal politely, confidently, and efficiently with internal and external users.
  • Ability to process requests for information efficiently by conducting appropriate research.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to organise own work and prioritise duties.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately showing attention to detail.
  • Ability to work to agreed standards.


  • Ability to handle items in diverse formats and conditions as necessary to the role in accordance with procedures relating to manual handling and working at height.



  • Knowledge of British history, with an interest in ecclesiastical history.

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