About the traineeships

Websites, social media, images and sound – these are such an important part of modern life. We need people with technical skills to help us understand and preserve the digital record.

Geoff Browell, KCL

The Bridging the Digital Gap traineeships consist of e-learning and dynamic face-to-face workshops where trainees will have the chance to work together to develop key skills which will prepare them for a technical career in the archive sector. In addition, each host archive will provide their trainee with tailored projects and work-placed learning activities.

Trainees will be employed by The National Archives and seconded to the host archives. They will receive support from a line manager, the course trainers, the Bridging the Digital Gap project manager and a personal mentor whose role is to help ensure their experience on the training programme is positive.


To qualify for this traineeship, you must have either an A level or equivalent qualification in science, maths, computing or relevant technical subject, or demonstrable experience in using these skills in the workplace or voluntary activity.

Don’t worry if you haven’t got lots of examples of work-based knowledge and experience. We are looking for people who want to work with digital technology and who are willing to learn new skills.

You may apply for more than one traineeship, but if you are selected for more than one interview we may ask you to choose to which one to accept.

Borthwick Institute for Archives, York

Borthwick Institute - an image of a digital archive and a traditional repository, side by sideThis is an opportunity to work closely with our digital archivist to preserve and provide access to born digital archives. The trainee will carry out an archives digitisation project in our professional digitisation suite and work in our modern media transfer room to digitise some of our unique music and oral history archives.

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Hull History Centre

Hull History Centre - an image of paper files and various types of digital mediaThe biggest challenge faced by the archives sector is how to preserve digital archives for future generations. The trainee will be placed in the middle of this global challenge with a chance to work on the digital archives created by playwright Alan Plater and Austin Mitchell MP.

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East Anglian Film Archive

East Anglian Film Archive - a hand removing a roll of film from a caseThis is an opportunity to work with our collection of thousands of films and television programmes from 1896 to the present day. The trainee will be supported to develop specialist, practical skills in processing and storing content that has been digitised, and also that which was ‘born-digital’.

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Norfolk Record Office

Norfolk Record Office - a figure standing outside the buildingThis is an opportunity to help safeguard Norfolk’s digital past, ensuring important records can still be used in a hundred years’ time. The trainee will learn how to manage records and the information they contain; manipulate the metadata which describes them; and how to make them available to the public.

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Institute of Education, University College London

Institute of Education - a photo of filmstripsThis traineeship will focus on the collection development of donated archives from individuals and organisations working in the field of education. Working with other colleagues, the trainee will pilot and develop procedures to manage all aspects of this work; and will also learn about digital curation practice across the department.

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Liddell Hart Centre for Military, Kings College London

Liddell Hart Centre - An 18th century cartoon depicting a duel between two pistol-holdersThis is an exciting opportunity to work with collections spanning more than 200 years, including important modern documentary films relating to recent conflicts such as the Iraq War. The trainee will explore lightweight ways of appraising digital collections prior to agreement to deposit, as well as improving cataloguing processes for deposited collections and promoting access.

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - an image of the buildingThis traineeship will focus on making archival material accessible via a digital asset management system; reviewing and appraising content and metadata in a new digital archive; and conducting a project on the retention of research data for the Research Data Management Service. The digital trainee will add great value to the organisation.

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Wellcome Collection, London

Wellcome collection - image from 1969 of vaccine manufactureThis traineeship will build on Wellcome’s strong track record of developing innovative delivery mechanisms for digitised content. Working as part of an agile team, the trainee will gain practical skills and a broad knowledge of the issues surrounding the cataloguing, preservation, storage, and provision of access to digital materials.

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