Job vacancy: Contracted Lead archivist – Cork Traveller Community archives


This is a new shared project from Cork Traveller Visibility Group (TVG) and Cork Traveller Women’s Network (CTWN), two Traveller led community development organisations working for Traveller rights in Cork City. This project aims to develop an accessible Traveller community archive focusing on photos and other items celebrating Traveller culture and activism in Cork City.

Reports to

Tehmina Kazi, Traveller Health Co-Ordinator, Cork Traveller Visibility Group

Place of work

The Contracted Traveller community archivist will be based in Cork Traveller Visibility Group’s office at 25 Lower John Street, Cork. Depending on remote working requirements and internal policies, the worker might be asked to work from home when necessary, and might be asked to do some travel within Cork to attend meetings and look at relevant material. Expenses for any additional travel will be reimbursed.

Contract / salary scale

The position is for one day a week (8 hours a week). The contract commences in January 2024, and ends in January 2025. The payment for this role is €138.08 per day.

This is a self-employed role, rather than an employed role. TVG are willing to assist the successful candidate with setting up as self-employed, if necessary.


We are seeking an Archivist to collate, catalogue, digitise and display a collection of photographs and materials relating to the history of Traveller culture and activism in Cork linked with collection materials gathered by Cork Traveller Women’s Network & Cork Traveller Visibility Group.

The collection documents the history and traditions of the Traveller community in Cork and as such has the potential to fill gaps in the archival representation of this community.

Job description

  • Develop an Archive and Collections Policy taking into account ethical and legal considerations including child protection, data protection and access

  • Collate images and documentation to add to the existing bank of resources collected over a 30-year period by the TVG and CTWN.

  • Identify and assess the broad categories of items which comprise the collections.

  • Categorisation and labelling of collection objects, after gaining consent from their subjects.

  • Digitisation of materials into an online searchable resource which is accessible to Travellers in Cork.

  • Contribute towards showcasing the images at a launch event at the Cork Public Museum, with the resource available to the public thereafter.

  • Provide regular verbal and written updates to the Project Co-Ordinators throughout the project and engage with CTWN & TVG team to support the above.

  • Make recommendations for the full cataloguing, preservation and long-term storage of the collections

  • Contribute towards videos or other social media postings which will increase awareness of the collections and the community which they document

  • Work closely with the Traveller community archivist to develop the above and support the development of skills & knowledge around archiving.

  • Engage with external organisations as appropriate to support the above

Person Specification

  • Professional qualification in Archives and Records Management (essential).

  • Knowledge of archival cataloguing standards and practices (essential).

  • An ability to work in a co-operative and collaborative manner (essential).

  • An enthusiastic approach, interest in the above project, with a dedication to meeting project objectives within agreed timeframes (essential).

  • Knowledge of legal & ethical considerations around community archive development including GDPR or willingness to learn (essential).

  • Respect for Travellers as an ethnic group and a commitment to upholding equality for margainalised groups (essential)

  • Excellent communication skills written relevant to this post (essential)

  • Experience of supporting the development of a community archive (desirable)

  • Experience of working with the Traveller community (desirable)

  • Knowledge of Traveller history and culture that is specific to Cork (desirable).

To apply for this role

Please send an up-to-date CV and cover letter to Tehmina Kazi at by Monday 15th January 2024 at 5pm. Interviews will be held during the third week of January 2024. The contract is planned to start at the end of January 2024.

Cork Traveller Visiblity Group

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