As Archivist, your role will be to lead, manage and champion the work of the Glyndebourne Archive.

You will lead on building, maintaining and preserving a complete historical record of Glyndebourne, across all its activities through its mixed media archival collections. You will provide records management support for internal departments and maximise accessibility for all users, internal and external. You will play an active part in the future development, digitisation and exhibition of the Archive collections, and in opening them up to a variety of audiences.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

Cataloguing & management of collections

  • Collecting, appraising, cataloguing, preserving and promoting the holdings of archives and special collections in all formats including digital
  • Management of all archive administration
  • Review of existing finding aids, identifying appropriate software and establishing a new archive catalogue or equivalent software
  • Maintain and update web-based performance database
  • Supervising visitors/researchers in the archive
  • Researching and responding to internal and external enquiries
  • Manage and recruit archive volunteers, work placements, providing direction and support
  • Support work to commercialise and make available archive materials (e.g. image reproduction & print on demand)
  • Keep up to date with developments in the archive and heritage sectors and ensure that Glyndebourne embraces best practice and maximises opportunities.

Exhibition management

  • Management of Archive Gallery: devise, create, hang and oversee exhibitions for Festival audiences
  • Responsibility for archival/photographic exhibitions in other spaces around the theatre – e.g. restaurants and wall cases
  • Contribute to outreach activities by delivering talks / presentations about Glyndebourne both on and off-site.

Content creation

  • Facilitate records management for all internal departments
  • Provide support, information and fact-checking clarity for all internal departments as required
  • As a member of the Communications team, contribute to all communications activity as necessary, especially around photographic records, material/articles for programme books, anniversaries etc.
  • Provide assistance in the execution of special projects e.g. books and filmed content, oral history project, Members’ open days, study days
  • Liaise with, and provide information to, ArenaPal, Glyndebourne’s image licensing partner.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Degree in a relevant subject and a postgraduate qualification in Archives and Records management
  • Minimum 3 – 4 years of archive experience
  • Comprehensive understanding of GDPR 2018 and its application in an archival context
  • Willingness to gain a deep understanding of the history of Glyndebourne
  • Ability to work alone, plan and prioritise workload
  • Experience of setting up and using a catalogue database
  • Experience in devising, mounting and hanging exhibitions
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Access and Excel
  • Experience of digitising archival material and online record keeping
  • Methodical worker with great attention to detail
  • Discretion when handling confidential material
  • Good communication skills at all levels


  • Some interest and knowledge of opera
  • Driver (as some archival storage is off site)
  • Experience of working with external contractors eg software/digitisation

Critical challenges

  • To manage Glyndebourne’s archive into the next stage of its development
  • Raise awareness of the archive externally and achieve a level of support and recognition for the Archive within the company
  • Develop accessibility to the Archive collections and resources on-line through digitisation e.g. programme books and press cuttings
  • Increase the number of visitors to the Archive Gallery during the Festival
  • Oversee the possible rehousing of the Archive to a new on-site facility

Salary & Benefits

We can offer a salary of up to £29,500 dependant on experience. Salaries are reviewed annually on 1st January.

The contractual hours of work are 35 per week.

We offer 5.6 weeks holiday per year rising to 6.6 weeks after 5 years including public holidays.

We have excellent on-site catering facilities, can offer a beautiful working environment, the opportunity to see world class opera and for those without their own transport we have a free minibus service to and from Lewes railway station and a season ticket loan scheme.

How to Apply

Please apply by firstly clicking here to complete our online monitoring form and then e-mail your CV and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is Friday 26 April 2019

We are an equal opportunities employer