There has never been a more exciting time for people with technical ability to join the archives sector. In this global age of information, archives entrusted with keeping safe historical records for future generations must adapt to the new challenge of preserving digital records and opening up their collections to worldwide audiences.
‘Bridging the Digital Gap’ is a Heritage Lottery funded training programme aimed at bringing technical people into the archives workforce. The 15-month placements start in October 2018 and offer a rewarding, practical alternative to the first year of university study. Trainees will be employed by the National Archives and can apply to work in a number of archives including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Trainees will benefit from learning alongside fellow trainees, online and in work-place activities. The closing date for applications is 17 August. For more information including videos from past trainees and to apply visit: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/digitaltrainees