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Archivist

Archivists look after and preserve collections of historical records and documents.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024

+3.25%

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of English language
  • an interest and knowledge of history
  • analytical thinking skills
  • administration skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

In this role you could be:

  • storing materials correctly and keeping them in good condition
  • identifying, dating, cataloguing and indexing archive materials
  • helping people use the archives
  • making records available to users in formats such as photocopies, microfiche and online
  • carrying out research
  • giving talks and organising presentations, displays and exhibitions
  • negotiating the buying or donation of archive material

You could work in an office.

Your working environment may be physically demanding, cramped and dusty.

With experience, you could work with larger and more prestigious organisations, like national archives and museums, businesses, church foundations and charities.

You could become self-employed.

You'll find more details about careers and training in archives from the Archives & Records Association.

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