Job description Posted 20 July 2022

Heritage Archive Assistant

12 Months



GSK Heritage is a small team that preserves, collects and interprets GSK’s long history. The archives are based at GSK House and an offsite store in London and encompass around 250 years of our history. Over the past decade we have worked to describe the collections in full, in line with international archive standards. However, some collections remain to be processed and we continue to receive new material from the business.

GSK Heritage is hiring a heritage archive assistant for a one-year contract. The candidate will be based at GSK House in West London with frequent visits to the offsite store 10 mins drive away. They will be overseen by GSK’s Heritage Archive Manager. Pay will be in line with the ARA Pay Review Group’s guidance for para-professionals.

Job Description


The candidate will undertake a range of archive tasks, including the following:

•           Processing new accessions to the collection. This involves checking newly arrived boxes for material that will fit into and enhance the collection. Repackaging it into acid free materials and boxes and creating an entry in the collections management system.

•           Acquiring new material (physical and digital) for the collection.

•           Processing digitised material to add into the collections management system.

•           Research into the collection to produce biographies and company histories and blog posts.

•           Small scale digitisation on request through scanning of photos and documents.

•           Answering queries from internal and external users, doing research in the collections where required.


Candidate skills and experience


•           Preparing for, or working towards a qualification in archives and records management or equivalent

•           An understanding of archival collections, gained as a researcher or having previously undertaken work experience in an archive

•           Ability to lift and carry boxes

•           Excellent project and time management skills

•           Strong written and oral communication skills

•           Excellent IT skills in the Microsoft Office suite and photo editing

•           Willingness to learn new systems and operate new and unfamiliar hardware