Sound Archivist

England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £34017 per annum
19 Apr 2021
17 May 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

Sound Archivist

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £34,017 per annum (FTE)

Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date: 9th May 2021

The role is majority based on-site at Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, with occasional requirements for surveying or records collection elsewhere and some limited capacity for working at home.

Essex is a diverse county with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country through to highly affluent communities, which gives us a wide variance in life expectancy and quality. Culture, Heritage and Green Spaces (CHGS), which includes the Essex Record Office, delivers exceptional customer experiences, demonstrating the benefit of Essex's strategic location, with the objective of developing a financially sustainable operation.

Established in 1938, the Essex Record Office cares for documents, maps, images and sound and video recordings that together tell the stories of over 1,000 years of Essex history. Our holdings, which include parish registers, diaries, letters, court records, wartime records, manorial records and school records, take up nearly 8 miles of shelving, making us one of the largest county archives in England. We are also home to the Essex Sound and Video Archive which includes over 30,000 recordings.

The Essex Sound and Video Archive collects sound recordings and videos covering all aspects of life and culture in Essex, with particular focus on oral history, broadcast material and music. We also offer a range of sound and video services including talks and presentations, audio digitisation, oral history training and audio-visual archives consultancy.

The Sound Archivist is responsible for providing a professional archive service, providing assistance to the public and promoting the service to increase public access to the collections. The role involves supervision of technical staff and the Sound Archivist takes responsibility for the income-generating activities of the Sound and Video Archive.

We are seeking an experienced and flexible professional to participate in the full range of activities of the Essex Sound and Video Archive in order to preserve and provide access to archival sound and video recordings. This will involve accessioning, cataloguing, answering enquiries, supervising volunteers, and giving talks and presentations. Liaison with depositors, both commercial and individual customers, and a range of stakeholders is necessary. The development of preservation projects to digitise resources and identification of opportunities for outreach will be expected whilst working in conjunction with fundraising officers at Essex County Council and partner organisations.


· Responsible for cataloguing and indexing collections of Essex Sound and Video Archive

· Acting as a subject matter expert in undertaking presentations, talks and thematic programmes to highlight aspects of life and culture in Essex's past

· Acting as liaison with commercial and individual customers and a range of stakeholders

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

As well as enthusiasm and a customer-focussed approach, you will need:

· Education to degree level

· Diploma/MA in Archive Administration or equivalent postgraduate professional qualification

· Evidence of continuing professional development illustrating expert knowledge in a relevant professional area

· Membership of the Archives and Records Association, or active evidence of working towards this

· Substantial experience of using sound recording and/or digital transfer equipment

· Significant experience of working in an archive, with knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of archive administration and surveying records

· Close understanding of sound and video archives with a proven focus on local history, oral history, broadcast material or music

· Excellent interpersonal skills to instruct and supervise technical staff and volunteers

· Good interpersonal liaison skills to network and seek new opportunities for commercial work within the archive and related sectors, and carry out collaborative work with a range of partners

· Good IT skills with experience in the use of computers for cataloguing and other record office purposes, and working knowledge of MS Office suite of programmes

· Strong communication skills and customer care, with the ability to deliver presentations and provide services to a range of communities

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: