North West Film Archive seeks Collections Assistant: Technical

The North West Film Archive is offering a rare opportunity for someone to join the Conservation team, following the retirement of a long-serving colleague.

Collections Assistant: Technical   [Reference: T2-80350105-02]

Full-time, permanent

Salary Grade 5: £22,214 – £24,983  [updated following pay award from 1/8/17]

Location: Manchester

Closing date for applications:  11th September 2107

North West Film Archive:

Part of Manchester Metropolitan’s Library Special Collections, the North West Film Archive is the recognised public moving image archive preserving films made in and about the region – it is part of the Archives+ partnership, with a small specialist team and facilities, based in the splendid Manchester Central Library, and looking after some 50,000 items of film and video. Offering a variety of access services to users in the academic, public and commercial sectors, the Archive will mark its 40th anniversary in 2017, and is looking forward to meeting the challenges of an increasingly digital future. Partnerships and collaborations, with for example heritage organisations, the BFI and broadcasters, are key to successful operations, and the quality of the work of the NWFA is recognised regionally, nationally and internationally.


As part of the Conservation team under the Archive’s Technical Officer, you will undertake technical work on the collection for conservation, preservation, storage and digitisation. The role also supports the delivery of access services through preparation of copies and compilations, and participation in some public-facing activities and events. Working to prescribed standards, and with training as appropriate, you will assess the materials and the content using professional film, video, digital and sound equipment, and record observations in shared databases.

Ideal Candidate:

You will have knowledge and experience of handling moving image materials – cine film, video and digital – and the ability to work with moving image and sound in an organised, methodical, thorough and accurate manner, with patient and painstaking attention to detail. You will be educated to A level or equivalent standard, have excellent spoken and written communication skills, and be able to use equipment for retrieval at height. Experience of service delivery within a film archive environment is desirable, and a co-operative approach to working within a small specialist team is essential.

Find the link to application form on NWFA website marked VACANCY!