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21 April 2009

Sound archiving internships 2009-2010

The British Library is pleased to announce the first round of recruitment for its third year of funded internships in sound archiving,

These two internships are aimed at those wanting to develop a comprehensive understanding of technical skills and are open to individuals who wish to improve their practical skills and who work in an institution that has the responsibility for the archiving of audiovisual materials.  Successful candidates will be selected in part on the basis of their ability to demonstrate the benefits of the internship to their professional development.

The internships are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Haymills Charitable Trust and will take place in the Centre for Conservation at the British Library’s flagship site in London.  Each internship runs for a period of ten weeks between 5 October and 11 December 2009, and is supported with a bursary of £2,500.  Internships are open to those who have the right to live and work in the UK.

The internships combine training along with project work.  A series of training modules will be offered on working with different audio carriers, and will include an introduction to the basics of audio theory, archiving standards and protocols and documentation.  The project work is based upon existing audio collections held in the British Library. Please note that each intern will be supervised by a British Library archivist throughout their internship and work will be monitored on a regular basis.

Dien Luu, Luton Voices Coordinator at Wardown Park Museum, Luton, who completed her sound archiving internship in 2007 said: “My two month internship at the British Library Sound Archives has been an invaluable experience. I was able to gain first hand experience on a variety of formats: shellac, vinyl, and even wax cylinders!  The one to one support from the tutor was extremely helpful. Most impressive was how the internship was tailored to my individual needs.” 

How to Apply

For further information please contact Alison Faraday, Sound Archiving Internships, The British Library, Centre for Conservation, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, email [email protected] or phone +44 (0)20 7412 7776.

The closing date for applications is 5 June 2009 and interviews will be held week commencing 13 July 2009.


Is there any second program for upcoming winter?

yes, there is a new call for applications:

Richard Ranft

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