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Contributing Editors, The Trust for the Victoria History of the County of Hereford

The Trust for the Victoria History of the County of Hereford

Location: Hereford
Salary: £5,000 to £25,000 per contract, depending on the skills & abilities of the candidates
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 12th October 2018

Applications are invited for two contracts to work on a VCH Short for the parish of Cradley, Herefordshire. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with a lively team of contributors and volunteers to research and complete a significant village history for the VCH. The Herefordshire VCH has recently completed important books on the parishes of Eastnor (2013), Bosbury (2016), Colwall (forthcoming) with further books planned.

The two contracts could be covered by one person or by two individuals depending on the skills & abilities of the candidates. The first contract will cover the period from 1550 to the present day. The successful candidate for the later period will also be expected to incorporate the material from the second contract into a coherent whole. The fee for this first contract will be £25,000. The second contract is to cover the medieval period where expertise in Latin and medieval palaeography is required and this will cover the period from 1000 up to 1550. The fee for this work will be £5,000. Note the period up to 1000 is mainly covered by archaeological records & will be covered by the former county archaeologist.

The successful candidate or candidates will be engaged on a consultancy basis to research and write the history. It is likely that the successful candidate(s) will have a higher degree in history, historical geography or a related discipline and will have extensive experience of writing text to tight deadlines. Experience of working closely with volunteers is desirable.

The research and written work should be to the standards required by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London and will need to comply with the current template, see  The successful candidate(s) will meet at least monthly with VCH committee members to review any issues and will maintain regular contact by email or telephone between meetings.

The intention is that the work will be started by 1 January 2019 at the latest and that the complete first draft will be delivered on 31 October 2019 with the final draft with illustrations by the end of 2019.

A text of about 40,000 words plus illustrations is required. The researcher will undertake the relevant research, working with and guiding c. 20 volunteers who are collecting material. Some volunteers will produce texts which the contributing editor(s) will incorporate into the final text. The contributing editor(s) will be the named lead author(s) of the Cradley VCH Short.

The successful candidate(s) shall act as independent contractor(s) and not as the servant or employee of the Trust. The candidate(s) will bear exclusive responsibility for the payment of national insurance contributions as a self-employed person and for discharge of any income tax and VAT liability arising out of fees paid for the work performed.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will work from home. Office space is available at Herefordshire Archive and Record Centre (HARC) Fir Tree Lane Rotherwas Hereford HR2 6LA. Much of the research will be carried out at HARC, but other archive repositories and libraries, notably the National Archives at Kew and the Worcestershire Archives in Worcester, will also be used.

Letters of application together with a curriculum vitae and list of publications should be sent to Professor Charles Watkins by email: It is expected that interviews will be held in Hereford on 19th October. A job description can be provided on request to Charles Watkins.  

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