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Properties Historian (Prehistoric Specialist)

  • Organisation:English Heritage
  • Location:Homeworker/ London/ Swindon/ Bristol/ York to be discussed
  • Salary:£34,844 - £38,715 per annum DOE
  • Contract type:Fixed Term Contract / Full Time

This full-time post, for a two year fixed term, offers you the opportunity to join a team of dedicated historians, architectural historians and archaeologists, working with colleagues across English Heritage to produce world-class interpretation at our sites, based on rigorous research.

You will be joining a team with a range of period specialisms, managed by the Properties Historians Team Leader. Your focus will be on prehistoric sites (Neolithic to Iron Age), though you might be expected to cover other periods when required. In the role, you will undertake research into a number of prehistoric English Heritage properties to support the production of on-site visitor interpretation, print and digital content. Research must be carried out to the highest academic standards, incorporating the widest possible range of sources.

You will be responsible for creating focused research plans for sites, carrying out archival research, commissioning research from external experts, writing, commissioning and advising on all forms of interpretative content (including audio-visuals, reconstruction images and models) and fielding enquiries from colleagues in other teams and members of the public. You will communicate your research widely, through scholarly periodicals, the English Heritage website and Members’ Magazine, and through the print and broadcast media.

Most of your work will be with colleagues as part of project teams, developing and implementing research programmes in order to support and input into high-quality, new interpretation and presentation schemes.

As a member of the Historians team, you will ensure all historical content produced by English Heritage is underpinned by rigorous research, to maintain our reputation as both a research organisation and a significant cultural institution.

You will be working either at home, or in one of the English Heritage offices (London, York, Bristol, Swindon). This post will involve a considerable amount of travel, especially to the sites and monuments on which you will be working.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about archaeological and historical research and committed to creatively communicating this research to the public in engaging and exciting ways. You should be able to write confidently for a variety of media, particularly digital, aiming to reach as diverse an audience as possible. Experience in presenting to specialist and non-specialist audiences would be useful, as well as knowledge of public engagement methods, visual communication, interpretation and heritage management.

You will need a good working knowledge of all periods of English history and architecture, and expertise in one or more periods of later prehistory (Neolithic, Bronze Age or Iron Age).

Education to degree level in archaeology or equivalent experience gained through on the job training or practical experience, is essential. A higher degree in a related discipline would be desirable, but not essential.

Experience of carrying out targeted programmes of research using primary and secondary sources is essential. In particular, a track record of practical fieldwork and using archaeological archives would be an advantage.

As the role requires working collaboratively across multiple stakeholders, you should be motivated to work as part of a team, and be able to manage tight deadlines without compromising on standards or attention to detail.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to talk to us about this role before you apply. Please contact Andrew Hann, Properties Historians Team Leader, on [email protected]

Everyone is welcome at English Heritage and we are always looking for people who reflect the diversity of the country today, to help us make it more relevant to the diversity of the people, communities and places we serve. From remote sites to inner city monuments, from regional teams to our Head Office, the diversity of our teams is critical to making sure our heritage is inclusive, exciting and accessible.

We continually look for new ways to promote the past in a way that is inclusive to all and that celebrates the cultural diversity of England’s heritage. By joining English Heritage, you will be part of a charity that is already on an exciting journey to tell everyone’s story.

You can find out more about us and what we do here, here. Meet some of our People and hear about why they enjoy working with us here

You’ll find it’s a workplace like no other – taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference.

By joining us, you’ll enjoy the rewards of a great team environment in inspiring locations, helping to make our sites a wonderful place to visit. You’ll also be joining our charity, which through our 400+ historic monuments, buildings and sites, brings the story of England to life for over 10 million visitors each year.

Benefits include:

  • The opportunity to progress your career within the heritage sector;
  • Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Subscriptions to professional bodies
  • Free access to all English Heritage sites for you, another adult and up to 6 children (under 18 in the family group)
  • 25% discount in our shops and cafes;
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Shared Parental leave
  • 25 days holiday plus Bank Holidays pro rata rising to 28 days after 3 years, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Matched pension contributions up to a maximum of 10% which can be paid via salary exchange or salary deduction
  • Flexible hours

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 19 September at our London office (100 Wood Street, London EC2V 7AN or via Zoom if preferred.

Application Closing Date: 02 September 2022 23:59:59

You will need to refer to the following documents when completing your application.


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