May 16, 2022

Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries Preparing for Graduate Trainee Digital Archivist Programme

From the Times Higher Education Supplement:

From September, two successful applicants will embark on a two-year training programme. This will combine intensive paid work experience in the library with studying via distance learning for a diploma in archive administration from Aberystwyth University. Course fees will be met in full by the scheme, which is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme (designed to address identified skills shortages in the heritage sector).

The training, said Susan Thomas, the Bodleian’s head of archives and modern manuscripts, would suit “either new graduates or those looking for a career change. The traditional way to get into archiving was through voluntary or paid experience followed by a postgraduate qualification. We will be offering training from scratch, but applicants need to be committed, since they will be studying as well as working on the archives.”


Current plans envisage six trainees taking part in the scheme, which continues until 2019 and enjoys support from the Stationers’ Company and the Strachey Trust, although this could be expanded if the Bodleian secures additional funding.

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