20 August 2010

National Life Stories at the British Library

Job Vacancy: Oral History Interviewer, Crafts Lives

Since 1999 the Crafts Lives oral history project has been recording in-depth life stories with Britain's craftspeople, exploring both their personal and their working lives. The project has encompassed British studio crafts such as pottery, glass, metalwork, jewellery, furniture, textiles and book arts (excluding rural crafts), which have traditionally suffered from a paucity of documentation and research.

National Life Stories (NLS) is now seeking to recruit a full-time oral history interviewer to add more recordings to this important collection.  The oral history interviewer will co-ordinate, initiate, research and carry out a series of digital oral history interviews averaging 8-10 hours each, for deposit with the British Library.  The postholder will be expected to carry out between 12 and 18 complete interviewers in a 12 month period. 

This is a freelance fee-paid consultancy involving a package of 250 days’ work at a daily rate of £98, working on a flexible basis for a period up to 18 months.  All travel and other out-of-pocket expenses will be met by NLS. Hot desk office space is available at NLS’s offices at the BL’s St Pancras building but home-based access to a PC with internet access is required. The post will be an integral part of the BL’s oral history team.

For more information about this position and job specification, please view the full advert at http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ABO252/oral-history-interviewer and click on the link to ‘Further Particulars’.


To apply you should send a CV and a covering statement explaining how your experience and skills meet the requirements specified in the job profile to:

Crafts Lives, National Life Stories, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB or email this information to nls@bl.uk 

Please indicate where you found this position advertised. 

All applications must be received by 5.00pm on Monday 27 September 2010.

Interviews will take place at the British Library on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd October 2010.

If possible, we would like the successful candidate to start work in November 2010.

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