Archivist

Alternative titles for this job include Curator, records manager

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become an Archivist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course

University

You'll need a degree and postgraduate training to do this job. Most degree subjects are accepted, but you may find it useful to take a degree in a related subject like:

  • history
  • information science
  • law
  • languages

After you complete a degree, you'll do a postgraduate qualification in archives or records management recognised by the Archives & Records Association (ARA).

You'll usually need some relevant work experience to apply for a postgraduate course. This is a great way of finding out if a career as an archivist is for you. The ARA has information on how to find work experience.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

More information

More information

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Archives & Records Association and get access to industry news, professional development courses and networking events.

Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office.

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

Career path and progression

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an Archivist right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

GCE A Level in History

  • Provider: Cardinal Newman College
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: PRESTON

History

  • Provider: Wickersley School and Sports College
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: ROTHERHAM

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