Senior Archivist

Location Bromley
Discipline: Libraries
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Salary: £35658
Job ref: 184447

GLL is looking for a Senior Archivist to work at Bromley Historic Collections at Bromley Central Library. If you have the skills and ambition to join us as a Senior Archivist, there's never been a more exciting time to join us. This is more than a Senior Archivist, it's a career.


With community at the heart of everything we do, as an experienced Archivist, you'll have the opportunity to not only maintain and develop our collections, but also deliver a wide variety of activities to attract the very diverse communities in Bromley. Working closely with partner organisations and members of the community, you'll enable people to understand the value of archives and want to contribute their own materials, objects and stories.


Bromley Historic Collections is currently a Place of Deposit for public records and an accredited archive service under the Archive Service Accreditation scheme. Re-application to the scheme will be an important strand of work in the role; there is also a possible relocation of Bromley Central Library in 2026. Project management skills are therefore desirable.

What you’ll do:

*         Develops partnerships with external organisations related to heritage and local history resources in the Partnership whilst also providing information and advice to community groups and organisations

*         Updates and ensures the implementation of policies for archives, records and local history materials; covering accessions, retention, disposal, preservation, conservation, cataloguing, using Collections Management System – CALM, and Preservica (a Digital Preservation System)

*         Keeps abreast of trends and developments within archives, libraries, health and safety relating to care and collection of archives

*         Ensures that the provision of services for archives and local studies meets the statutory requirements as detailed in the Local Government Act 1972, Public Record Act 1958, Data Protection Act 2018, Freedom of Information Act 2000, and any other relevant legislation; ensures that the care and management of archives are in line with the requirements of the Archive Service Accreditation standard and guidance, requirements for Places of Deposit for public records, and other relevant standards such as BS EN 16893: 2018 and BS 4971: 2017. Is able to work with senior managers and wider colleagues to mitigate risks to collections, seeking expert advice and guidance where necessary

*         Provides supervised public access to archives, records and local history materials which require a controlled and secure environment and ensures full staff awareness of good handling practice and use of the collections

*         Works in liaison with Library Managers to ensure the provision of an effective advisory service, which answers a wide range of enquiries on the Bromley borough's history and its archives.

*         Effectively answers in-person and remote queries from members of the public; works with relevant colleagues where appropriate to do so.

*         Delivers workshops on local and family history for school and adult groups, including topics relating to the national curriculum and the use of worksheets, programmes, etc., in liaison with library staff and partner organisations

*         Manages two Archives Assistants in Bromley Historic Collections.


As a leader within the leisure industry we can also offer scope to progress your career, and job variety like nowhere else.


What you need:


*         Postgraduate diploma or Masters in Archives and Records Management recognised by the Archives & Records Association and have completed or enrolled for the ARA Registration scheme or are able to provide evidence of ongoing professional development and/or interest in enrolling in the ARA Registration scheme.

*         A sound working knowledge of ISAD(G) and ISAAR for accessioning and cataloguing archives.

*         Excellent communication skills such as report and presentation writing,

*         Inspire and motivate the team around you.

*         A natural problem-solver, you'll have the ability to think creatively, exploit new opportunities and be able to meet deadlines.

*         Excellent IT skills, be proficient in MS Office and have used collections management systems such as CALM. Previous experience of using Preservica would be desirable; an awareness of digital preservation issues and the ability to progress digital preservation work would be essential


As a charitable social enterprise owned by its staff GLL has a great range of benefits for its employees:


  • From £35,658 per annum (Based on 36 hours a week)

  • A values driven organisation

  • Learning & development to support career development

  • Good pension schemes

  • Discounted gym membership for you and your partner

  • A full time permanent position – 36 hours a week

  • The opportunity to join the GLL Society and have a say on how we are run plus associated events

  • Exclusive discounts on our villas in Portugal

  • Exclusive discounts on our Ski chalets in Bulgaria

  • Career Pathways, professional development is just the start. To ensure your stay on top of your game we provide training with practical and theory elements too

  • Discounts across thousands of retailers (GLL Extras)

  • 25% off Red Letter Days

  • 25% off Buy a Gift

  • 20% off GLL spa experience treatments and associated products

  • Ride to work scheme

  • Free eye tests and discounted glasses



About GLL:

As the UK’s largest leisure operator and charitable social enterprise, we offer a range of careers for everyone in our local communities. We manage over 400 facilities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, including libraries, public sport and leisure centres, elite sporting venues and children’s centres.

Our people are from the communities we serve and help us make real changes in their local area.

One of our core values is ‘More than a Job’, because working with us opens up a wide range of possibilities and opportunities for you, starting with how you work with us. To make sure we’re having a positive impact on our people, we also offer some flexible and part-time working options so you can make sure your new job works for you. Subject to vacancies, whether you are after a contractual commitment and a regular work schedule or the freedom of flexible hours, you may be able to choose an arrangement that works best for you and play your part in improving the health and wellbeing of your community.

We offer two different types of work arrangements:

  • A permanent employment contract - part time and full time

  • A flexible worker engagement by joining our flexible worker pool

If you are looking for a regular number of hours that you can work and are flexible to meet the needs of a 7 day a week service, then a full-time or part-time permanent contract might be the right choice for you.

So, whether your ambitions lie in libraries, sport and leisure, events & catering, health & beauty, corporate support or working with children, you’ll be able to find your ideal new job at GLL.

Passionate about seeing our communities thrive, we invest back into our facilities, projects and people and are Investors in People Silver Award employer.

However you choose to work with us, you can be sure that you will be a valued member of our team, working with great colleagues, and making a real difference to people’s lives.

We are an inclusive employer. We seek and welcome diversity in our teams.

All pay rates are subject to skills, experience, qualifications and location.