MayDay Rooms is looking for an Archivist

MayDay Rooms is a small educational charity, based in London, with an ambitious programme to connect historical material with contemporary struggle. From its building in historic Fleet Street it offers access to a unique collection of radical archives, developing models for research and ‘activation’ rooted in an idea of history as live, contestable and full of potential in the present day. MayDay Rooms aims to provide physical and digital access, and is gradually publishing all its collections online; by encouraging groups to get involved in joining this effort, the organisation’s community of users has gained a strong and visible role in its programme and curation of material. MayDay Rooms further shares its resources by offering its spaces, media resources and library for collective use.

Having opened to the public late in 2013, and developed its structure, programme and working approaches since then, MayDay Rooms is now looking to appoint an archivist. This role offers an exciting opportunity to share in the strategic development of the organisation, and to make MayDay Rooms’ work and material more visible at a national and international level.

Those interested in applying can find further details, including job description and person specification, below.

To apply please send a covering letter and CV, to rosemary [AT] maydayrooms.org

Deadline: 30th August 2016

Interviews: MayDay Rooms hopes to hold interviews in the week commencing 12th September but this will be confirmed in replies to applications.

Start date: ASAP

The MayDay Rooms building is on four floors and there is no lift. If you have mobility difficulties and need to access the building before applying please call us on 0203 691 5230 and we will happily meet you beforehand. Applicants with other disabilities or medical or any other condition, who feel they need to discuss possible adaptations to the work environment or adjustments to working practices, are also welcome to call or visit us.



21 hours per week
£12.60 per hour

MayDay Rooms' Archivist will support and care for the collections residing at MayDay Rooms, assist in the form and display of the catalog (both online and in-house), collaborate with sisterly archives and cultivate a broader usership for all the organisation's historical resources. The Archivist will develop MayDay Rooms' accessions policy, bringing in new materials according to its guidelines and supervising and documenting all aspects of the deposit and accession process. The Archivist will also collaborate with the Digital Programme Coordinator and Administrator to conceive and implement new models for the 'activation' of archives, developing an integrated programme of workshops, research and residency projects and public events. Fundraising for these projects will be a shared responsibility.
To be successful in this role, you will need:
  • Knowledge of contemporary archival practice, across physical and digital domains and systems
  • Knowledge of the modern history of social movements, experimental culture and the radical expression of marginalised figures and groups, especially in Britain
  • Experience of managing collaborative projects to deadlines