£22,000pa full time (1 Year Fixed-Term Contract)


An interesting opportunity for an archivist to carry out original work in a rich, but as yet under-researched, field in connection with Dreamland at Margate, Kent. 

Following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid, the project will develop the world's first amusement park to solely feature thrilling historic rides, combined with a national centre for the celebration of seaside heritage, popular culture and street style.

The Project Archivistís role will be to seek out, evaluate and record historic material relating to Dreamland and its position as one of the premier sites in the United Kingdom for popular entertainment, as well as researching wider amusement park history. Archival material relating to the Dreamland site and amusement parks in general is known to be scattered widely throughout the country, although little is catalogued or publicly accessible.

Using as a starting point a scoping report (prepared by others) indicating the location and extent of material available, the post-holder will be working towards the compilation of a comprehensive electronic dossier detailing Dreamlandís - and other British amusement parks' - role in British cultural history.

The post-holder will also be working closely with the Audience Development Officer both by providing material for exhibitions and by recording material given to the project by members of the public.

An enthusiastic historian with a passion for popular culture, you will possess excellent research and organisational skills, together with the tenacity and flair of the best of detectives.

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Application is by CV and covering letter to Tanya Carr, Administrative Officer, The Dreamland Trust, Thanet District Council, PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XZ. Please state where you saw the post advertised and provide details of two referees, one of whom can be contacted prior to interview.

Closing date for applications: 19 October 2009
Interviews: week commencing 16 November 2009
Start date: 4 January 2010

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