Mapping Museums Project Seeks Research Assistant

A full time research assistant (1.0 FTE) is required to contribute to Birkbeck College ‘Mapping Museums: The history and geography of the UK independent sector 1960-2020’. This interdisciplinary project will map and analyse the emergence, character, and development of the UK independent museums sector during that period.

The post-holder will be responsible for producing a dataset consisting of information on all UK museums from 1960-2020, and will assist with the analysis of the same. Working with initial guidance from the Principal Investigator, they will collate data from historical and contemporary sources, both digital and in hard copy, conduct archival, online, and telephone research to track missing information, and will undertake all data entry and fact-checking. The post-holder will also produce reports on their research and findings, and contribute to team discussions on the suitability of the dataset with respect to database design.

Salary: £31,693 per annum (Grade 6 spine point 26 of the College’s London Pay Scale)

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 15 July 2016. Interviews will be held on 25 July 2016.

For more information see:  or  contact Dr Fiona Cadlin (

In association with the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

Comment. For those readers who know about the history of independents like the People’s History Museum in Manchester, and the Wandsworth Museum, and who visit the large number of small independent museums around the country, this should be a really interesting project, that should provide a firm foundation for any student who wants to go into full-time academic life.




About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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