Digital Black History Portal

The Digital Black History Portal is a collaborative research project to create a working prototype website that will bring archive records together with contextual content to present a research portal focused on UK Black History. The project partners are the Black Cultural Archives, Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA, George Padmore Institute and The National Archives.

The next phase of the project will seek to research collections relating to the Black Education Movement to create record descriptions and written content that will be used to develop the working prototype website.

Collections Researcher – UK Black Education Movement x3 

We are seeking to recruit three researchers on a short-term contract who will each work at a partner institution researching collections, people, places and events relating to the Black Education Movement.

The schedule for recruitment is as follows:

  • Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 27th November 2022
  • Invitation to interview: w/b 12th December 2022
  • Interview dates: Early Jan 2023
  • Start date: Monday 23rd January 2023
  • Contract end date: Friday 31st March 2023

This research is part of a collaborative project to create a working prototype website that will bring archive records together with contextual content to present a research portal focused on UK Black History. This portal will create opportunities to connect these narratives and holdings for students, teachers and researchers. 

Each Collections Researcher will be an independent researcher based at a project partner’s institution but will also work and liaise with the wider project team. They will facilitate research across the partner organisation focusing on records and collections relating to the Black Education Movement and female pioneers within the Movement. Over 10 weeks, the researcher will create catalogue descriptions of the records, where necessary, and write contextual content about the collections and relevant record sets identified. This could take the form of research guides and/or short pieces of written content on the people and events that are important to the history of the Movement. 

The website will also capture other forms of content, such as blogs and articles, therefore collating content ready for approvals may form part of the work. 

The Collections Researcher will also work to identify new and underexplored records that could be identified as areas of strategic importance to the project, including scoping and horizon scanning, which enables new insights into the collections. 

 Role and Responsibilities 

  • Research and identify relevant records relating to the Black Education Movement and Female pioneers in this Movement. 
  • Record notes on relevance and produce written contextual content about the key individuals, events and other milestones in the history of the Movement. 
  • Make listings of relevant records and produce catalogue descriptions of material where necessary. 
  • Contribute to a cataloguing day, a project sharing day and other project events as required. 
  • Collaborate with other collection researchers and wider project team to identify strong links between different collections across the partner institutions and/or any potential collections that should be prioritised for research. 

Rate and Appointment Terms  

16 days over 10 weeks (0.3 FTE 2.5-month contract) total £4,000 incl VAT (£250 a day) 

Success Criteria  Assessment method  Maximum score  Weighting  Maximum weighted score 
Relevant research experience  Cover letter/CV  10  2  20 
Ability to prioritise, to work independently and without supervision in a non-routine role, exercising judgement on when to consult colleagues.  Cover letter  10  1  10 
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to publish and present to academic and non-academic audiences alike.  Cover letter and Interview  10  1.5  15 
Experience of working with archives or the broader heritage sector.  Cover letter/CV  10  1  10 
Ability to synthesise large amounts of material and produce a contextual overview of the content in an accessible and engaging manner.  Assessed with interview task  10  2  20 
Maximum score        75 

How to apply 

Submit a 1 page cover letter and CV (max 2 pages) to: ASD@Nationalarchives.gov.uk by midnight Sunday 27th November with the subject line: ‘Application – Collections Researcher. Please also state which of the three partner archives you are most interested in working at. Please see the success criteria above, noting how applications will be assessed. Please note there will be an interview task as part of this assessment, which will be shared upon invitation to interview. We encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQI+ community, the trans community, those who are neuro diverse, and those with a disability. The application deadline is midnight on Sunday 27 November 2022.