Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research

Fountains at The National ArchivesThank you for your interest in joining the Forum on Historical Manuscripts and Academic Research.

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The National Archives houses one of the greatest collections of historical manuscripts, records and artefacts in the world. It is, quite simply, the home of our nation’s history, storing more than 11 million records at our headquarters in Kew.

The Forum – a subcommittee of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives – provides expert advice to the Chief Executive of The National Archives in his capacity as Historical Manuscripts Commissioner.  It also advises the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on matters relating to manuscripts, records and archives. It meets three times a year and sessions usually last half a day.  There is a small amount of work to do outside meetings in terms of reading papers and commenting on documents. This probably amounts to an additional one to two days’ input per year.

In addition, the Forum is a place for discussion of academic research issues.  It provides an open, independent and authoritative advisory voice, to support research and academic liaison at The National Archives.

The role of Forum Member involves participating in the work, considerations and discussions of the Forum; and contributing to collective decisions made for the development of historical manuscripts and academic research. We seek someone committed to the maintenance and preservation of archive collections in the national interest, who can ideally provide an independent voice to advise on academic and research-related issues.

You should be possessed of objectivity and discretion and you will understand the needs, requirements and obligations of independent archive holders and academics.

We actively seek a broad range of members, to reflect a multitude of experiences and backgrounds: we are keen to encourage applications from people who are BAME or LGBTQ+ and from those who are disabled.

There has never been a more exciting time to be involved with archives. If you have the experience, knowledge and skills to help make key decisions, and shape the future of independent archives in the UK, then we would be delighted to hear from you.  The deadline for applications is 26 April 2019.