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Curator, Newspaper Data

Vacancy Details

Salary: £32,000 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
Vacancy Group: Collections
Category: Collection Care, Curation & Conservation
Closing Date: 09/09/2018
Date Posted: 08/02/2018
Reference: 02105



Full Time, Fixed Term to 31 March 2020


This is an exciting opportunity to help develop the British Library’s digital newspaper collections.


The Library has started a three-year project, entitled Heritage Made Digital, a major part of which is to digitise over one million pages from its nineteenth-century British newspaper collections, with a special focus on newspapers in a poor or unfit condition.


Working with the News Curation and Digital Scholarship teams, you will help us to apply data journalism thinking to this historical news material. You will be responsible for the analysis and creative interpretation of data derived from Heritage Made Digital and related British Library newspaper digitisation projects. You will prepare derived newspaper data sets and promote these for use by researchers. You will work with researchers to develop projects using newspaper data. In particular you will help produce stylish visualisations using historical newspaper data, working with third-party designers as necessary.


With evidence of a strong background in computer science and data science, you will have experience of working with or developing tools for large content and data volumes, and an interest in nineteenth-century history and/or news and current affairs.


This is a great opportunity to work with one of the world’s major newspaper collections, contributing to the innovative interpretation of historical news data.


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: 9 September 2018

Interview date: 25 / 27 September 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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