Properties Historian

Properties Historian
Employer: English Heritage
Salary: Up to £32,000 per annum
Location: London

Under the direction of a Senior Properties Historian, you will undertake or manage research into our 420 properties for the purpose of visitor interpretation and dissemination by print or digital media. Research should be carried out to the highest academic standards, incorporating the widest possible range of sources, including primary documents, published secondary literature, pictorial and cartographic evidence, archaeological archives, oral history and materials on the world-wide web as appropriate.

You will be responsible for creating focused research plans for key sites, identifying research gaps, and working with colleagues to specify and commission programmes of new research to address these.

You will work with colleagues on project teams to develop and implement research programmes in order to support and input into high-quality new interpretation and presentation schemes.

You will develop and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues across English Heritage, and with staff from our sister body, Historic England, to maximize the effectiveness of research, dissemination and the delivery of English Heritage's core objectives.

You will be expected to disseminate your research widely, through scholarly periodicals, the English Heritage website and Members' Magazine, and through the print and broadcast media. You will also be a point of contact for a number of EH sites, fielding enquiries from EH staff and members of the public.

You'll ensure the production to the highest standards of research about our historic properties. This research will underpin all of English Heritage's engagement with the public and will maintain our stature as a research organisation and a significant cultural institution.

This role will be based in London (or if preferred, York or Bristol, subject to discussion). It is available for a maximum of one year, while the existing historian takes funded leave of absence.

We need an enthusiastic and committed person with outstanding skills of communicating knowledge to the public.

You should have education to degree level in a relevant field (history, archaeology, architectural history) or equivalent. A higher degree in a cognate discipline would be highly desirable.

Experience of carrying out targeted programmes of research using primary and secondary sources is essential.

You will need a good working knowledge of all periods of English history and architecture, and expertise in the Middle Ages, especially castles and their landscapes.

A track record of using archive material of all periods is essential, and experience in the use of medieval and/or early modern manuscripts would be a distinct advantage.

The ability to write for diverse audiences in various media, including the world-wide web would be helpful. Experience in presenting to specialist and non-specialist audiences would also be useful.

A record of publication of original research would be advantageous.

You should be able to demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team with a range of stakeholders, and to work to tight deadlines without compromising on standards or attention to detail.

English Heritage is a charity, formed in 2015 when its statutory functions were separated off into a new government service, Historic England. The charity is responsible for the care and presentation to the public of the 420 sites and monuments that make up the national collection. Sites managed by English Heritage range from Stonehenge and Dover Castle to Osborne House and the York Cold War Bunker.

English Heritage is committed to providing equality of opportunity and an inclusive working environment. The post offers significant opportunities for career development, and a varied work routine. No week as a Properties Historian is ever the same. You will benefit from 25 days leave a year and free entry to all English Heritage properties, for you, another adult and up to 6 children (under the age of 19).

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