Job title: Project Archivist: Plant Collector Archive
Application closing date: Friday 15 December 2017
Location: Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library, 80 Vincent Square, London SW2P 2PE
Contract: Fixed term contract, 2 years, full time
Job category/type: Libraries and collections
We are seeking a Project Archivist to support RHS Libraries in delivering an ambitious project to catalogue and make available online our unique Plant Collector Archive. This project is funded by the Foyle Foundation. The collection sits within the official RHS archive. The earlier papers, held at the Lindley Library, London, comprise manuscripts, journals, correspondence and papers of plant collectors commissioned by the Society between the 1820s and 1860s. Later papers, held at Wisley, relate to 20th-century collectors whose expeditions were co-sponsored by the RHS in return for plants, seeds and herbarium specimens. The collection is a fascinating record of plant collecting activity across the globe and will be of enormous value to a wide range of researchers once catalogued.
We are looking for a qualified archivist with a good working knowledge of archive cataloguing standards, and ideally some knowledge of horticulture, Latin plant names and taxonomy.
For more than 210 years the Royal Horticultural Society has been the force behind the nation's gardening. Our charitable purpose is to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. As a charity, the RHS aims to inspire a wide range of audiences by demonstrating the wonders of gardening through all that we do including gardens and shows, in our publications and online, and through our work in the community.
Interviews are expected to take place in January. For more information on the post and to apply, please visit http://www.rhs.org.uk/About-Us/Jobs/Vacancies and search for Project Archivist.
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