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Postgraduate Internship - The Polonsky Foundation Pre-1200 England & France Project

Vacancy Details

Salary: £10.20 per hour (London Living Wage)
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 01/14/2018
Date Posted: 12/14/2017
Reference: 01677


Full Time (36 hours per week over 5 days), Fixed Term for 6 months

Start date in March 2018

Thanks to external funding, the British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a doctoral and post-doctoral student in history, art history or other relevant subject to work on The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200.  As part of this project, 800 illuminated manuscripts made in England and France before 1200 are being digitised and interpreted for both scholars and the general public. 

The focus of the internship will be to assist the curatorial project team in all aspects of the project, such as creating and enhancing our Explore Archives and Manuscripts online catalogue records, and publicising them in blog posts and other interpretative material.  This may involve writing or researching short descriptions of manuscripts and groups of manuscripts and providing talks for students and visitors.  During the internship at the Library, the intern will enjoy privileged access to printed and manuscript research material, and will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise. 

This internship is designed to provide an opportunity for the intern to develop research skills and expertise in medieval history and manuscripts, and in presenting manuscripts to a range of audiences.  Previous interns have given feedback that they felt a valued member of the team, gained professional confidence and developed their career by carrying out a ‘real’ job with specific duties.

The programme is only open to students who are engaged actively in research towards, or have recently completed a PhD in a subject area relevant to the study of medieval manuscripts and who have a right to work in the UK full time. 

The term of internship is full time (36 hours per week over 5 days) for 6 months.  The salary is £10.20 per hour, which is the current London Living Wage. The internship will start in March 2018 or as soon as relevant security checks have been completed.

Applicants are asked to include answers to the following questions within their Supporting Statement:

1.     Please give examples of your experience of researching and describing medieval manuscripts.

2.     Please provide examples of your experience in writing about your research or about manuscripts for a general audience.

3.     An example of how you have adapted your own communication style to deal with different people and situations.

4.     Evidence of a flexible and adaptable attitude to change, willing to take on a range of duties that may change over time in response to needs.


Closing Date: 14th January 2018

Interviews will be held on 2nd February 2018. The selection process may include questions about the date and origin of a particular manuscript to be shown at the interview.

In order to apply for this vacancy, you must be able to supply the required answers to the following questions:

  • Do you currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom


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