Challenging Archives - Project Archivist: Franko B Archive

University of Bristol - Faculty of Arts

The University of Bristol Theatre Collection is seeking to appoint an archivist for its Wellcome-funded project Challenging Archives: Delivering research access, public engagement and the curatorial care of the Franko B Archive. This is a fixed-term appointment for 18 months beginning summer 2018, salary range £28,936 - £32,548.

Since the 1990s Franko B has been internationally acclaimed for his intense body-based performances, which have often involved blood-letting. Key themes of his work include sexual identity, questions of pain and suffering in contemporary culture and the construction of risk and intimacy in live encounters. In 2003, his seminal performance I Miss You took place in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, a highlight of Live Culture, Tate Modern’s first initiative to place contemporary performance within the context of the gallery’s collections.

The Theatre Collection is one of the world's largest archives relating to the history of British theatre and live art. It is both an accredited archive and museum. In 2008 Franko B donated his archive relating to performance works to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, and he actively continues to add to and engage with the archive. 

As an Archivist you will need sound knowledge of recognised archival standards and practice, including those relating to archival cataloguing (ISAD(G), ISAAR (CPF), National Council of Archives Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names. In addition to this you will need sound understanding and professional experience of archival appraisal and the arrangement of large, complex archives. It is essential that you hold a postgraduate qualification in archives administration and a good honours degree, or equivalent.

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a fascinating, demanding and challenging archive of mixed-media that will test the cataloguing, copyright, data protection, digitisation and audio-visual preservation skills of the project archivist, within a busy environment. The post-holder will be line managed by the Keeper: Digital and Live Art Archives, and supported by staff within the Theatre Collection, the wider University, and Franko B.    

The Theatre Collection uses Axiell Calm to catalogue its collections.

The closing date is midnight Tuesday 3 April 2018.

It is expected that interviews will be held on Friday 20 April.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact either Julian Warren, Keeper: Digital and Live Art Archives (, 0117 3315186) or Jo Elsworth, Director: Theatre Collection (, 0117 3315086, 07812 670 964).

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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