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Archivists analyse and organise historical documents and records. They may be responsible for the design of databases, the formulation of procedures relating to storage and access and may also assist with the retrieval of information. Archivists work with written documents like maps, letters, certificates, books and diaries but also multimedia items such as films, sound recordings and photographs. They may also be responsible for assisting users in the interpretation of record-keeping systems.

Professionals in this field are well-versed not only in historical but legal issues such as access limitations, the collection of records and the policies which dictate the method and length of storage. This is a profession in which highly detailed and often independent work is required as are good research and organisational skills.

Specialisations include:

  • National Archives Researcher
  • War Memorial Researcher