Transforming Archives

Logo of the heritage lottery fundTransforming Archives is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future programme and will provide 37 paid traineeships for people new to the sector over a three year period in England. The year-long traineeships provide an introduction to archives, training and on the job development in specific gap areas:

  • digital preservation
  • digitisation
  • outreach and engagement
  • collection development
  • traditional skills (including palaeography and Latin)

Trainees are hosted by a range of archive services who are investing time and resources to share their knowledge and expertise in these specialisms more widely. Our host partners are:

  • Archives +
  • Peterborough Archives
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
  • Rambert Archive
  • Gloucestershire Archives
  • St George’s Chapel Archives
  • Hull History Centre
  • Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Wigan Archives and Local Studies
  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
  • Norfolk Record Office

You can find out about the progress our trainees to date through their blog posts. More blogs will be posted over the next few months so keep checking back to find out more. You can also follow @TransformingArc on Twitter.



Applications for our third cohort of trainees have now closed and we received almost 700 applications for our 12 traineeship positions. Interviews will be carried out over the Summer and our new trainees will start in October 2016.

If you are looking for pre-course experience or other graduate opportunities in the archive sector the following links may be of interest:

Transforming Archives aims to

  • Diversify the archives workforce
  • Address gaps in the skills available in the archives workforce
  • Provide new routes into working in the sector

Transforming Archives builds on the successful Opening Up Archives programme.

For more information contact Emma Stagg, Transforming Archives Project Manager Archives Sector Development team.