Archives Assistant (Projects)

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Lambeth Palace Road, London
£24,170 rising to £25,990 per year (after probation).

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

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 forArchives Assistants who are enthusiasticabout archive and library collections,to join us until the end of 2022, at Lambeth Palace Library, the National Library and Archive of the Church of England.

These are excellent opportunities to gain experience, particularly if you are considering a career in archives or within a library environment.

You will assist with creating catalogue records using CALM for Archives software, for web delivery via the Library’s online catalogue.

You should have good IT and data entry skills, with experience of using Microsoft Office and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. You will also need to work accurately and methodically, handling material with due care for preservation and security.

The Church of England is for everyone and we want to reflect the diversity of the community the Church serves across the whole country. This is a priority for Archbishop Justin. Therefore, while of course we welcome all applications from interested and suitably experienced people, we would particularly welcome applicants from UK Minority Ethnic Backgrounds and disabled people.

To arrange an informal conversation about the role, please contact

Interviews will be held w/c 6th June 2022.

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

  • 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) when necessary.
  • Improving collections knowledge through regular continuing professional development activities.
  • Working with colleagues to ensure the security and safe use of the collections.
  • Carrying out any other duties as required.

The Requirements



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


  • Familiarity with database systems, preferably CALM for Archives.
  • An understanding of how services operate within archives and libraries.

Personal Attributes:

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to deal politely, confidently, and efficiently with others.
  • 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, in accordance with procedures relating to manual handling and working at height.



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

We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.

Excellence, Respect, Integrity

We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here

As a Disability Confident Leader, we actively look to attract, recruit and retain those of you who are disabled.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome applications from those of you who have served in our Armed Forces and their families.

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to ensuring that everyone, job applicants, customers and other people with whom we deal, are treated fairly and not subject to discrimination. We will do whatever is necessary to provide genuine equality of opportunity. We continuously review our policies and processes to support our aim to create a workforce as diverse as the nation the Church of England serves.