Jobs wb 15 July 2013

Charles Dickens Museum, London 

Job Type | Full Time

Contract Type |Fixed-term

Salary | £8.32 per hour

Closing Date | 22ndJuly 2013

Job Title | Library Cataloguing Assistant

(Three positions available Fixed-term 5-6 week position, Full Time. 5 days per week Monday – Friday starting 29th July 2013)

Location | Charles Dickens Museum, London


Reporting to | Curator

The Charles Dickens Museum, London is the world’s most important collection of material relating to the great Victorian novelist and social commentator. The Georgian family home was opened as a Museum in 1925 and is still welcoming visitors from all over the world in authentic and inspiring surrounds. On five floors, visitors can see paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture and other objects relating to Dickens’s life.

Background to post

Although the public-facing objects and library have been returned to the Museum and are on display, following our Heritage Lottery Funded building project, 70% of the books, objects and archives are still at an offsite store. The vast majority of this material is set to return to the museum and form our Suzannet Research Library or stored in our improved Basement Store. The focus of these posts is to assist with the books collection which includes the National Dickens Library.


To assist the Curator with establishment of the Suzannet Research Library, books for environmentally controlled basement store and repack a proportion of books which will not be staying on site. In all cases undertaking imputing new locations into our CMS programme and also cleaning books where appropriate.

Key responsibilities

  • To unpacking books using correct techniques of handling removing any damaging additions and replacing with conservation grade materials.
  • To record the change of location of books in Past Perfect, following guidance information, as they are put onto our new shelves or into the basement store so that books are stored safely and can easily be located.
  • To clean and repack books identified as returning to long term storage with regard to techniques of best practice and updating Past Perfect so that books can be easily located.
  • To ensure that all history information of previous locations is recorded on Past Perfect as data is changed.
  • To provide information which will assist with long term storage needs.
  • To liaise with the Curator concerning progress and abnormalities.

Essential Skills

The successful candidate will have:

  • An interest in Collections Management and understanding of its role within a museum
  • A methodical and systematic approach to working and ability to input data quickly and accurately.
  • Ability to work on repetitive tasks
  • IT literacy
  • The ability to work as part of a small cataloguing team
  • Educated to degree level
  • Ability to move boxes containing books

Desirable Skills

A relevant degree or postgraduate qualification in Museum or Heritage Studies

Knowledge of CMS programmes particularly Past Perfect

Experience of handling museum collections and ability to handle books correctly and clean and pack books for long term storage

To apply please send a covering letter stating your suitability for the role accompanied by a current c.v. to by 22nd July

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An advert for the following position has been placed on the GEM website |

Job Title  Young People’s Officer

Organisation  London Transport Museum

Location London

Salary/Fee  £30,607 per annum

Type  Full-time, 18 month fixed-term contract

Closing date Monday 22 July 2103

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