Job details

Salary - Grade
GBP £35,223 to £36,417 35223 - SO1
Contract Type
Fixed Term / Secondment
Contract Length
12 months
Contracted Hours
Full Time - 36 hours per week
DBS Required
Chief Executive's
Communications, Culture and Engagement
Closing date


Making African-Caribbean history in Hackney accessible for future generations? 

Hackney is one of Britain’s most exciting and fastest-changing boroughs. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. The challenges that have arisen over the last two years have intensified the need for action and we are determined to rebuild Hackney for, and with, our diverse communities. 

Hackney Archives is a collaborative, people-centred archive service that works hard to support the heritage needs of our local communities and we are recruiting! If you have a passion for working with people and collections, and understand how accurate collections information can improve access to history then this could be the job for you.

We are seeking a full-time, fixed-term Cataloguer to help make an important collection relating to the history of African-Caribbean people in Hackney more accessible. 

Over a 12-month period, this post will be responsible for cataloguing the papers and audio-visual archives of Charles Constantine Collins (aka Sir Collins). This collection provides a unique and important insight into the achievements and activities of African-Caribbean people in Hackney and beyond, including evidence of festivals, campaigns and other public events.

The Cataloguing Archivist will work closely with the OGYG organisation (the owners of the collection) and other members of the local community in order to produce a well-informed catalogue which will be made accessible and searchable at the end of the project. Together you will determine highlights from the collection to inform n future phases of work that will activate the collection for community benefit and learning.

Do you have strong time management skills, demonstrable experience of multi-level cataloguing to ISAD(G) standards? Do you enjoy collaborating with communities to ensure the archives are relevant and accessible?

We are especially keen to hear from candidates with lived experience of African-Caribbean communities. Experience of working with audio-visual collections is also desirable.

This position is funded through the Archives Revealed programme by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust and The Wolfson Foundation.

There is no better place to work in London than Hackney; we have great pride in our borough, our communities, and our services. Hackney is one of London’s most vibrant and diverse boroughs. It’s one of the most sought after areas to live in London with good schools, parks and local amenities, as well as great transport links and vibrant and diverse communities.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

The recruitment process is anonymous. Therefore, we do not accept supporting statements or CVs.

When applying, there will be a number of questions relating to the post on the application form. It is essential that you complete the application questions, responding to each using examples of your skills, knowledge and experience. 

This application process replaces a supporting statement.

Closing date: 11 December 2022

Interview date: 11 January 2023 

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

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