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Archive Manager

c. £25,000 (£15,000 pro rata) plus Membership of Greater Manchester Pension Fund
Contract 21 hours per week. Initial contract two years – extension subject to funding

Are you passionate about managing and developing archives and making them widely accessible?

People’s History Museum (PHM) is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present and future.  The museum provides opportunities for people of all ages to learn about, be inspired by and get involved in ideas worth fighting for; ideas such as equality, social justice, co-operation and a fair world for all.

The Labour History Archive & Study Centre based at PHM holds the collections of two of the most important political parties in British history, the Labour Party and the Communist Party of Great Britain, as well as related and complementary collections of rich historical importance to Britain’s political past.

This post is a unique opportunity for a qualified and experienced archivist with drive, organisational ability and vision to lead PHM’s archive.  As well as collecting traditional archival material, the records PHM aspires to collect are increasingly created and managed and transferred to us digitally.  This presents the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to further develop the archive both through traditional means and by the increased use of technology, including leading on the implementation of a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS).

PHM offers a powerful programme with annual themes; 2019 sees a year of activities around protest movements to mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, and 2020 will explore the theme of migration and identity.  The successful candidate will be a strong team player able to work with PHM’s Programme Team to ensure the archive collections play a prominent part in PHM’s programmes, reaching a wide and varied audience.  This programme-led approach is central to PHM’s 2018-2022 Business Plan.

For enquires relating to the post, please contact Charlie Corkin, Executive Support Officer at or 0161 838 9190.


Further information


To apply
Download the PHM Application Form filling it in referring to the job tasks and person specification demonstrating how you fulfil the criteria.
Email completed application forms to

Closing date: Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 5.00pm
Interview candidates notified: Friday 22 February 2019
Interview date: Friday 1 March 2019

Please indicate on your application form if you are unable to make the interview date.

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