Archive Lead

Closing date:

Helix Arts

Join Helix Arts as Archive Lead — a two-year fixed term post to help the organisation develop its archive of more than 40 years' work in community and participatory arts.

Due to its long history, Helix Arts has a significant back catalogue of collaborative and co-produced projects. In the context of ‘levelling up’ these historic projects could have an important role to play in informing current and future practice. As yet, however, the archive has not been explored in a way that connects the methodological heritage of the organisation’s past with its future commissioning and curatorial practice, and project development and realisation.

This post will be focused on exploring what can be learned from the history of the Helix Arts programme and asking how the central values and approaches of its heritage can inform its future work, with specific focus given to informing the Helix Arts Re:Visits programme strand of programming to coincide with the organisation’s 40th anniversary in 2023 and beyond.

Job Requirements

  • Heritage specialist.
  • Previous archive experience.
  • Strong management skills.
  • Good project manager.
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • The ability to share information with staff.
  • The ability to carry out your role without supervision.
  • A good knowledge of ICT including Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Be willing to learn about and follow Helix Arts aims, principles and policies, including confidentiality and data protection.
  • Strong organisation and management skills.

Job Responsibilities

The Archive Lead will manage Helix Arts’ National Lottery Heritage Fund Archive Project – delivering it to meet agreed targets. This will involve:

  • Managing the Re:Visits archive project, including partnership development.
  • Supporting community engagement in the archive and associated activities.
  • Liaison and reporting to the executive team.
  • Preservation of artefacts.
  • Cataloguing, organising and digitising the archive.
  • Support oral history archive.
  • Developing robust archiving processes, procedures and workflows, with regular assessment of the quality of processes.
  • Manage and oversee the Helix Arts Re:Visits online archive content including the living archive and website.
  • Supporting dissemination of archive materials via exhibitions, events and workshops.
  • Undertaking needs assessment of individual volunteers to inform the archive volunteers programme.
  • Ensuring Re:Visits outcomes and KPIs are achieved in line with planned deadlines.

Please download and read the recruitment pack (below) for more information.

Budget £30,000 p.a. pro rata (3 days pw)

Deadline 17 May 2024

North Tyneside Business Centre 54a Saville St North Shields NE30 1NT

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Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 24 May. Interviews will be held on 4 June, with a start date tbc.

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