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Job: Jo Spence archive - archive researcher / closes 28 June 2021

Four Corners and Birkbeck invite applications for a part-time Archive Researcher, to document and undertake research at the Jo Spence Memorial Library Archive at Birkbeck and Four Corners’ Archive from September 2021. This post is funded as part of Hidden Histories, a three-year archive project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which is exploring Four Corners’ archive as a site of socially-engaged practice and collaboration in photography and film. 

Reporting to: Four Corners’ and Birkbeck Project Managers

Job Description

  • 18 months fixed term contract, one day per week. Flexible hours by agreement.
  • £26,000 pro rata, paid monthly
  • Based at Birkbeck, University of London and Four Corners. Employed by Four Corners
  • To begin in September 2021


This post will support a joint research partnership between the Jo Spence Memorial

Library Archive at Birkbeck and Four Corners’ Archive. There are significant links between these two collections, and a shared history as Jo Spence was one of the founder members of the Half Moon Photography Workshop and Camerawork magazine.

The aim of the research is to build the archival scope and reach of both collections, through research that identifies key links and themes.

Key tasks will be to:

  • Catalogue and document material in the Jo Spence Archive
  • Identify specific thematic material across both archives, and curate as a new online exhibition on Four Corners online archive
  • Write an interpretative research article
  • Deliver a final showcase event, and a public study day engaging broad audiences in both academic and non-academic environments.

Person specification

We are looking for applicants with a background in archives, museums or galleries. You will be a qualified archivist, or have equivalent relevant experience. The role would suit MA or PhD students, working within fields of photography, curation, visual arts or related sectors. You should have a strong interest in and knowledge of feminist history of the 1970s-1990s.

Recruitment pack and apply here:

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