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Freelance Archive Digitisation Technician
Freelance Archive Digitisation Technician
Barbican Centre
Post Date: 13 Dec 2021


Job Type: Full-time (35 hours)
January 2022 – March 2022 (Dates TBC)

This is a freelance role, the fee will based on £2,500 per full month. 

The Barbican Archive team are about to embark on a major project to digitise the Barbican’s architectural plans collection along with other key items from the archive. The project is taking place ahead of our 40th anniversary in March 2022 and aims to digitise 6,000 items from the collection. We are looking for a freelance digitisation technician to join our team for three months, from the beginning of January to 31 March 2022. The role will involve:

  • Digitising archival material (primarily large scale architectural plans) using a DT ATOM tabletop scanner
  • Creating metadata for the scanned items, recording each item in a spreadsheet to be shared between the archive and the project partners
  • Uploading the digitised items to shared storage and backing up the files on external hard drives
  • Handling fragile archival material and repacking items into new storage following digitisation
  • Working with the archive team to safely move material to and from the digitisation room
  • Working with the archive team to identify highlights from the scanned items

It is essential that you have the following:

  • Strong photography experience – the scanner involves using a camera which will require manual adjustments to capture objects, maintain image quality and make adjustments to the captured image
  • Experience of digitising archival material
  • Experience of managing spreadsheets – ideally experience of creating metadata
  • Experience of managing large quantities of digital files and backing up onto external storage
  • Experience handling and working with fragile archival material or artwork
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrable ability to work to tight deadlines
  • It is desirable but not essential that you have experience working with and understanding architectural plans

Training will be provided on how to operate the scanner and laptop software.

Working time and place

This role is a full-time position for up to 3 months, starting as soon as possible in January and running until 31 March 2022. The role will involve working in a digitisation room based next to the archive collections storage spaces. The role will work closely with the archive team – the archive team members are part-time while this role will be on site on a full-time basis, and therefore must be comfortable working independently.
  Key Info

Application Deadline: Sun 2 Jan 2022, 12PM

Job Type: 3 Months, Full-time (35 hours)

Fee: £2,500 per month

How to apply

Please send an email to [email protected] with your CV and cover letter. Please provide examples and be as specific as you can. We cannot make assumptions and will assess your application using only the information you provide. We will ask a selection of candidates to attend an interview (which will be conducted remotely). 

Closing Date:  Sun 2 Jan 2022, 12PM
Interviews will take place from: Tue 4 Jan 2022
Start Date: 10 – 17 Jan 2022 (depending on applicant’s availability)

We particularly welcome applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGB and Trans and non-binary candidates as they are under-represented within this team. 

We are members of the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates, who would like to be considered under this scheme and who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role further, please email [email protected] or [email protected].


London, UK

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