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Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts Postgraduate Internship

Vacancy Details

Salary: £10.20 per hour (London Living Wage)
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Cataloguers, Reference and Research
Closing Date: 14/08/2018
Date Posted: 01/08/2018
Reference: 02102



Full Time, Fixed Term Internship for 6 Months

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 postgraduate or post-doctoral student in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or another relevant subject.

The intern will support the curatorial team working on Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, a landmark exhibition on the history, art, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England (19 October 2018–19 February 2019). Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms will feature outstanding manuscripts from the Library’s own collections alongside a number of exceptional loans from other institutions. 

The intern will use their specialist knowledge of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, history and culture to carry out the following duties:

·         Supporting delivery of the ‘Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms’ international conference and early career symposium linked to the exhibition, scheduled for 13-15 December 2018;

·         publicising the exhibition via the Library’s Medieval Manuscripts Blog and other social media channels;

·         supporting the promotion of the exhibition by the British Library’s Press team;

·         responding to visitor enquiries;

·         giving talks and leading tours of the exhibition;

·         enhancing catalogue records of Anglo-Saxon and medieval manuscripts, as required.

The successful candidate will enjoy privileged access to the British Library’s world-class collections of medieval manuscripts. They will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise, and they will gain an insight into the Library’s broader exhibition programme.

This internship will provide an opportunity to develop writing and presentation skills, to engage with a variety of audiences, and to gain experience of curatorial duties. Previous internship holders have given feedback that they felt a valued member of the team, gained professional confidence and developed their career

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 on 1 October 2018 or as soon as relevant security checks have been completed.

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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 of blogging or using other platforms to engage with a variety of audiences.

3.     Please provide examples of your experience of giving presentations about your research.

  1. Evidence of a flexible and adaptable attitude, with a willingness to undertake a variety of tasks in timely fashion.

In return we offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits.  Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes 20.9%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of 25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

More about the British Library

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future. At the moment we have well over 150 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. We have manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, and patents. We operate the world’s largest document delivery service providing millions of items a year to customers all over the world. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future.

Closing date: 14 August 2018

Interview date: 29 August 2018

Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy.


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
  • Are you currently a British Library employee or agency member of staff?


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