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Herbert Read Project Archivist

Do you have a passion for archives and unique historical collections?  Can you demonstrate an innovative approach to cataloguing? Are you committed to increasing collections access in both the physical and digital worlds?  

Special Collections has recently been awarded funding through the Archives Revealed scheme to re-catalogue the archive of Herbert Read. Read was arguably one of the 20th century’s most influential figures in the world of art, literature and education, but little known today. 

This project will develop digital indexing to make Read’s vast archive in the UK discoverable and accessible. The archive will become a significant research resource for innovative digital humanities activity. 

Special Collections & Galleries at the University of Leeds holds world-class collections encompassing archives, manuscripts, rare books, and the University’s institutional archive and art collection. Access is delivered through our research centre in the Brotherton Library, our two public galleries, and increasingly through rich online content. Resource discovery and the management of collections data are major challenges for the service and are a focus of efforts to effectively showcase our distinctive offer to the University and wider research community. 

As Herbert Read Project Archivist, you will catalogue the archive to a high standard, ensuring that collection metadata is developed and utilised to reveal the full extent of Read’s networks and impact. Liaison and promotion are a key part of the role: creating guides to the collections and promoting them to the research community, surveying the potential research value of collections and items offered to the service, liaising with potential donors, and promoting Special Collections to target audiences at events internal and external to the University.  You will also assist with physical management of collections, including preservation and logistical exercises.  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Sarah Prescott, Literary Archivist

Tel: 0113 343 6377, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Library
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade:  Grade 6
Salary:  £27,025 to £32,236 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (for 12 months due to funding)
Release Date:  Tuesday 20 August 2019
Closing Date:  Tuesday 03 September 2019
Reference:  CSLIB1206
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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