For Peace! Archiving and Research Project Placement

Dates: 1 April 2024 – 1 October 2025 (flexibility is available)

Hours: Full time for 6 months.

We are looking for a PhD student (must be funded by TECHNE, CHASE and AHRC) to assist in archiving and preparing the touring exhibition For Peace! The research placement would be located at the MayDay Rooms Archive and would assist the Activist Media Project with the creation of an archive and collection, highlights of which will be taken on a touring exhibition.

Mayday Rooms is an archive, resource centre, and political self-education space established to safeguard the ephemera and documentation of radical social movements. Our work sees to connect radical historical materials with contemporary social struggles. This project will expand a crucial aspect of this work by creating a platform that facilitates the creation of a shared online archive of radical, anti-oppressive, and working class movements, developing a vital educational resource under a creative commons license.

You can read more about Activist Media Project and the For Peace! project here:

Mayday Rooms holds the nucleus of a peace archive which comprises the Greenham Common archive of Gwyn Kirk and the Indymedia UK/London Indymedia archives. As part of the For Peace! Project, the Archiving and Research placement would assist with the following:

  • Contextual and framing research on existing and future holdings.
  • Processing of archive files, inputting metadata for online material, including tagging, and annotations of items.
  • Digitising new holdings as part of the project.
  • Archive accessions with new and prospective donors.

The research placement will involve training in:

  • Digitisation workflows
  • Archiving and metadata creation
  • Archival handling

We would love to hear from someone who is keen to be involved in the process of developing this archive and exhibition. An interest in and knowledge of peace, anti-militarist and anti-nuclear campaigns is desirable.

This placement is open to all TECHNE, CHASE and AHRC funded students but would particularly suit students interested in:

  • The History of Social Movements
  • Working Class history
  • Archives and Museums
  • Digital Humanities

If you’re interested in the position please contact rosemary@maydayrooms.org from more details.

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