"Arnos Vale Cemetery Interpretation and Education Plan"
Arnos Vale Cemetery Interpretation and Education Plan Researcher – Person Specification 6-month contract, full time. £18,000 p.a. pro rata Essential: 1. A proven track record in self-directed academic research, preferably in social or socio-economic history. 2. Experience of working in archives, using primary sources. 3. Experience of working in academic libraries, including familiarity with catalogue search and retrieval systems. 4. Familiarity with academic referencing conventions 5. Meticulous attention to detail, and a methodical approach to recording information. 6. IT proficient. 7. Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure. 8. Ability to prioritise effectively and to manage several tasks simultaneously 9. Ability to work efficiently with minimal supervision. Desirable: 1. Experience of cataloguing. 2. Experience of using and developing databases. 3. Familiarity with and experience of digitisation processes 4. A higher degree qualification. 5. A strong and developed interest in the local history of Bristol. 6. Confident and effective communicator 7. Ability to absorb and process information quickly and reliably. 8. Familiarity with basic copyright law. The researcher will be responsible to carrying out a programme of research to the brief outlined below. As well as library and archive-based research, principally in the Bristol Record Office and College Green Library, the job involves creation/compilation of contact lists and photographic records. This research will contribute to the development of interpretation and education facilities for visitors to Arnos Vale Cemetery, which is undergoing a £4m programme of restoration and development Research Brief Prior to the detailed development of content for different interpretation and education resources the Trust will appoint a researcher to review, consolidate, and extend its knowledge about the history of the site. The objective of the research programme is to create a core archive of information about the site. This archive will be an essential resource for creating high-quality material for visitors and education audiences. It will also be an important facility for the Friends and for volunteer guides, and in the longer term may become a part of the Family History Research Centre which the Trust plans to establish. The core archive should include: 1. Originals or copies of all known historic images of Arnos Vale, including photographs, plans, surveys and artworks. Wherever possible, high-resolution digital copies of these images should be produced. (These will be necessary for the production of graphics as part of the interpretation scheme). The image collection should be catalogued, and all information about the date and provenance of each image should be recorded. 2. A digital image log of the site and buildings recording all historic features which relate to the creation, use and development of the cemetery between its foundation and the present day. For example, this should include photographs of the following: The cremation furnaces and the coffin lift beneath the non-Conformist chapel Interior and exterior elevations of all buildings Pathways and routes around the cemetery Memorials Landscape features e.g. trees which are believed to have formed part of the ‘garden cemetery’ planting scheme. 3. A catalogued collection of all known primary sources relating to the site and to the individuals and families buried or remembered there. This catalogue should include: Accurate and comprehensive information about holdings, i.e. libraries or other public or private collections where different documents can be consulted: e.g. the biography of Captain James Hosken held in the archive of the ss Great Britain Trust Details of date and authorship Wherever possible the Trust should seek to obtain digital and hard copies of primary sources. 4. A catalogued collection of all known secondary sources developed as an outcome of research by individuals or groups who have worked on the history of Arnos Vale Cemetery. Notable amongst these are: Reference notes developed by the Friends as part of the work carried out to deliver the key visitor service of guided tours around the site. Published and unpublished research relating to specific burials e.g. Rajah Rammohun Roy 5. A record of other monuments, institutions, sites etc. associated with individuals buried or remembered in the cemetery, e.g. the tablet in St Augustine’s cathedral commemorating Mary Carpenter, the Wills family’s public buildings. 6. Supplementary material: the core archive could usefully be extended to include material on a range of subjects relevant to the cemetery, e.g. Victorian attitudes to death The social and economic history of Bristol from the early nineteenth century onwards. Social customs and religious rites associated with death in different faith/ethnic communities, e.g. Hindu, Somali, Polish Catholic, Spanish Catholic, Irish Protestant The art and architecture of Victorian cemeteries 7. A list, including contact and publication details, of bodies and individuals carrying out relevant research or having an expertise in subjects relevant to the cemetery, e.g. Bath University Centre for Death and Society, UWE Centre for Regional History. 8. A contact list, compiled with their permission and treated with a degree of confidentiality as appropriate, of individuals, families, businesses and groups who have an association with the cemetery, e.g. the Utting family, undertakers and funeral directors, priests and other funeral officiants, gravediggers. This may be a useful aid to telling the story of how the cemetery has developed within living memory and how it is used today. Intellectual and Reproduction Rights It will also be important to ensure that the Trust secures agreement from holding institutions and individuals that: The Trust can use all sources and images for research purposes. The Trust can use all sources and images to develop content for educational and interpretative materials. The Trust can reproduce sources and images in educational and interpretative materials, e.g. guidebook, education pack, graphics. The Trust can reproduce sources and images in publicity materials e.g. website, marketing leaflets. The Trust can borrow artefacts for display within the Cemetery, subject to any relevant loan conditions being fulfilled.