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BMB Project Manager

​BMB Project Manager

Be part of the vision; be part of the RIBA.

The RIBA is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture.

Salary: £34,077 pro rata
Location: London
Hours: by agreement but a minimum of 21 weekly. Short-term contract (3 months)

Established in 1834, and integral to the founding of the RIBA, the British Architectural Library houses a 4-million strong collection of drawings, archives, photographs, manuscripts, architectural models, books and journals dating back to 1478.

A Designated Collection, and Accredited Museum, freely open to all, it is one of the most significant collections of its kind anywhere in the world. Known and valued by scholars, BMB will open-up our collections for study and enjoyment by much broader audiences for generations to come.

Centred around the work of Sir Leslie Martin (1908-2000), the RIBA is developing a major new project, Building Modern Britain, which will examine the story of Britain’s post-WW2 reconstruction between the 1950s and 1980s, a period that saw the emergence and realisation of radical new ideas about the built environment and when the widespread adoption of the modernist aesthetic left its imprint across 20th century Britain.

Building Modern Britain will chart the development and impact of modernism by revealing some of RIBA’s most important but uncatalogued archival and photographic collections, relating to some of the UK’s most loved and controversial twentieth-century buildings.

During the course of the project we’ll be reaching out to diverse audiences – in London and regionally - through the creation of engaging new digitised content including interactive resources, through learning, exhibition and oral history programmes and much more besides.

Position: In March 2017, the Library submitted a Round 1 application to the HLF for funds to support Building Modern Britain. Whilst the bid was unsuccessful, we received positive and constructive feedback and, with much of the work already done, are preparing for re-submission on 14 June 2018.

We are recruiting for a short-term project manager to work with us, for up to three months, to help coordinate all aspects of the project and to support us through to the submission deadline. We can be relatively flexible in terms of working hours, depending on the start date, but at this stage we anticipate the post holder will work a minimum of 21 hours weekly and possibly up to 35. Candidates must be available to start soon after the interview date.

Should our application to the HLF be successful, we expect to embark on an 18-month Development Stage commencing around October 2018, leading to a Round 2 submission in March 2020.

The appointee: will be based in our 66 Portland Place offices but will be expected to work across all three of our London sites, the other two being the V&A Museum - as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership – and our offsite store and reading room in west London.

If you would like to apply for the position, please send a CV, covering letter, a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and Applicants Statement to

Job Description: BMB Project Manager

Closing date: Monday 12 March
Interviews: Friday 16 March

We welcome and encourage job applicants from all backgrounds and sector experience.

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