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We believe that great things happen when people co-operate. Through learning we empower and inspire individuals, co-operatives and communities to use co-operative values and principles to build a better world.

We strive to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all parts of the community. We have a positive approach to employing disabled people and have also achieved Investors in People recognition.

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Job Title: Project Archivist Working Together: Recording and preserving the heritage of the workers’ co-operative movement (Heritage Lottery Funded Project)

Full time: 35 hours per week
Fixed term for one year

Starting salary: £22,572

This post is based at the National Co-operative Archive, Manchester.

At the Co-operative Heritage Trust we believe that great things happen when people co-operate. We collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and documents from the co-operative movement. We use our heritage to create lifelong learning and research opportunities which inspire people to use co-operative values and principles to change society.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Co-operative Heritage Trust as we seek to widen the reach of the Archive and Museum and continue our engagement with different audiences both within Rochdale and beyond.

The rapid upsurge of interest in the idea of working co-operatively in the 1970s-1990s led to a blossoming of a ‘new wave’ of co-operative businesses. These workers’ co-operatives played a significant role in their local communities but also had national significance. They aimed to create jobs where people were important, with an emphasis on sharing work, ownership, profits, responsibilities and decisions.

The project seeks to ensure that the heritage of this significant social movement is preserved and made widely accessible by:
• Identifying and making accessible for the first time records from workers’ co operatives currently privately held.
• Encouraging those holding workers’ co-operative heritage to deposit the materials in local record offices or the National Co-operative Archive.
• Digitising selected key resources and make them available online on a website maintained by the Co-operative Heritage Trust.
• Undertaking oral history interviews with key figures from that period.
• Developing a series of case studies and learning resources and adding them to the website.
• Producing exhibition panels

The closing date for applications is midday, Monday 10 July 2017.
Interviews for successful applicants will be held week commencing  24 July 2017.

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Application Process

Applications for all posts must be made on the College’s application form, no CV’s will be accepted.

If any candidate would like to apply for more than one role then we will require separate applications for each.

Application forms can either be emailed to or posted to;

Co-operative College
Holyoake House
Hanover Street
M60 0AS

To help us monitor our equal opportunities policy we would be grateful if all candidates could complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form, though this is not compulsory.

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