Curatorial Archivist

British Film Institute

Hertfordshire - Berkhamsted

Salary: £31,293 - £36,774 per annum

We are seeking a Curatorial Archivist to join the Curatorial team on a fixed term basis until 30 November 2023.

The curatorial archivists focus on key areas of collections management while bringing core curatorial knowledge to their work. Working closely with curators and the collections management and documentation teams, the curatorial archivists serve as a crucial bridge between curatorial work and collections development and appraisal activity.

Key responsibilities include:

  • To take responsibility for selection, acquisition and disposal of material on offer to the BFI National Archive.
  • To receive and assess acquisition offers, in consultation with curators, as necessary. To document acquired materials and identify any conservation and collections management work required, in accordance with BFI policy and procedures and relevant international standards
  • To undertake identification, accessioning and documentation of materials at collection and/or item level.  To participate in programme of retrospective barcoding and documentation of onsite collections against agreed targets.
  • Working within best practice guidelines, to undertake cataloguing in CID of priority titles including newly acquired films and those that are part of BFI cultural programme.  To catalogue items within the archive to agreed standards using Adlib collections management software.

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Minimum GCSE or equivalent Maths and English qualification.
  • Good general knowledge of British moving image history and familiarity with UK film and TV industries.
  • Qualification in archiving or library/information or equivalent experience
  • Excellent knowledge of cataloguing standards.
  • Excellent knowledge of the use of automated archive systems, spreadsheets and information databases for documentation and collections management, utilising established international standards.

A full list of responsibilities and minimum requirements can be found in the job description on our jobs portal.

About the BFI

We are a cultural charity, a National Lottery distributor, and the UK’s lead organisation for film and the moving image. We believe society needs stories. Film, television and the moving image bring them to life, helping us connect and understand each other better. We share the stories of yesterday, search for the stories of today, and shape the stories of tomorrow.

At the BFI you’ll enjoy benefits such as excellent support for working parents, 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

We support diversity and inclusion, and as an organisation recognise that we need to address under representation within our teams. As such we strongly welcome and encourage applicants from our under-represented groups; who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or are ethnically diverse. We guarantee a first interview to our under-represented groups who meet our minimum requirements.

Further details about the role, the BFI and our benefits can be obtained by visiting


Please apply online via our jobs portal.

First interviews will be held on w/c 03 July 2023

The closing date for this position is 26/06/2023 at 23:59

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