Project Archivist - Limited Term Appointment
Manx Museum

Job Reference: MNH-011184

Closing Date: 29/11/2020

Salary: £26,770 - £31,885 per annum

Department: Manx National Heritage

Hours Per week: 37

This post is a limited term appointment for 2 years.

About the role and our team

Join our team as a Project Archivist within Manx National Heritage on the Isle of Man!

As part of your role you will work with some exceptional nation-shaping manuscripts, which are key assets in telling the history of the Isle of Man during a fascinating period.

You will check and improve existing catalogue entries for individual manuscripts, printed matter, maps and plans. You’ll also create hierarchical structure for descriptions to item level, using MXG software prior to online release.  Identifying content of note you will choose how to promote it, whilst preparing outreach content including talks and social media posts.

Project tasks will be varied and present great opportunities to edit, enhance and refresh descriptions. The emphasis on outreach and promoting the Atholl archives gives scope for creative and rewarding initiatives that you can own, shape and manage.

You will be able to use your excellent written, verbal and communication skills to work effectively with colleagues, stakeholder groups, VIPS and volunteers.


Forming part of our small, friendly team made up of an archivist, a librarian and two assistants with access to a Library and Archives conservator you will also have contact with the curators and educational colleagues who make up our bigger division called Professional Services.

What can this role offer me?

You will be supported and receive induction and in-house training, as well as additional development opportunities, which will be facilitated via Archives Hub, including remote learning.

This role also offers you the opportunity to present at relevant online conferences or seminars, contribute to professional journals or other periodicals and have articles published. 

You’ll also have access to our Learning, Education and Development Centre and the fantastic range of fully funded courses we support.

The Isle of Man has been praised for its effective response to the global pandemic. Currently, due to the lack of cases in the community, people on the Island are enjoying a life free of social distancing regulations.

If working flexibly is important to you, you’ll be happy to know we operate a flexi-time system making it easier to reclaim any additional hours worked and to fit in your other commitments around your work life.

To find out more about the benefits you can enjoy by working with us, download our benefits guide from the bottom of the advert.

About the Island and relocating

Here you can enjoy a fantastic quality of life, and an excellent work-life balance! There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities; so if you like walking, mountain biking, sailing or kayaking, you’ll have lots of places to explore!

There are also lots of great cafes, bars and restaurants, and you can enjoy the Island’s real sense of community. The island is well connected to the UK, and you’ll also benefit from low income tax rates (20% maximum rate).

To find out more about the Island and the lifestyle you could enjoy here, take a look at Locate Isle of Man’s guide to moving to the Isle of Man here.

If you are relocating or returning to the Island, you can also benefit from the Insurance Holiday Scheme, which allows you to apply for a refund on your NI contributions for your 1st year of living here. To see how this scheme could benefit you, and to find out more about relocating to the Isle of Man, visit

A relocation package of up to £2,000 based on receipts is available for this role.

How to find out more and apply

For more information please see the attached job description and person specification; alternatively contact Wendy Thirkettle on 01624 648041.


A provisional interview date of 8/9 December 2020 has been set for shortlisted applicants, however this is subject to change.


Applications for this post will be accepted up to midnight of the closing date specified. You’ll need to upload your latest CV to your application, and we recommend that you also include a cover letter that explains your motivations for applying, and that demonstrates your suitability for this post. If you have difficulties applying online please contact the Recruitment Team on 01624 686300 or by email at


Flexible Working


The Isle of Man Public Service is an equal opportunities employer which supports and promotes flexible working. We understand its benefits in improving work-life balance and supporting health and wellbeing and, in its different forms; it is widespread throughout the Public Service. We are happy to discuss part-time or flexible working arrangements, including job share partnerships, for our roles (where possible) and if interested you should discuss this with the Hiring Manager.


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