Tate is currently looking to recruit a Project Manager to undertake a substantial digitisation project within its archive. Here is an outline of what the job entails.
Tate’s aim is to increase public awareness, understanding and enjoyment of British art from the 16th century to the present day. Successful in our Heritage Lottery Fund bid for Transforming Tate Britain: Building, Archives, Access, we are changing the way people engage with Britain’s cultural heritage.
You will oversee the digitisation of 52,000 treasures from Tate Archive, ranging from artists’ sketchbooks to photographs and hand written correspondence, as well as monitoring the development of the associated learning programme. As an experienced Project Manager you will ensure the process is delivered on time, to budget and to the highest quality. Your team will work to best practice in the digitisation of fragile archival material and your robust project plan will see the operation run smoothly and efficiently. You will work collaboratively, building relationships across Tate and with volunteers, trainees and external partner organisations.
Enthusiastic about working with a national collection, you will combine your proven track record of managing large-scale digitisation of a similar kind with experience of running learning and outreach projects.
Contact details/How to apply:
Our opportunities are open for you to apply online. Please visit the Tate website for more details and how to apply.
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Archival Sound Recordings was one of the first projects to be funded under the JISC Digitisation Programme. The British Library released its initial batch of recordings online in 2007, and has continued to add new (and old !) recordings to this fascinating resource. There are now some 50,000 recordings available, including oral histories, classical music, wildlife recordings and environmental soundscapes.
Recent statistics demonstrate how engaging the site is. From April 2010 to March 2011, there were 2.4m hits on the website, with the recordings listened to over a quarter of a million times.
One of the most popular collections is British Wildlife Recordings, sounds of UK birds, animals and fauna. These incredible recordings were listed to over 75,000 times. In fact 18 of the 20 most popular individual recordings were from this collection.
The five most popular individual wildlife recordings were:
1. Buzzard recorded in woodland in Cumbria – 1,916 listens
2. Nightingale recorded on Brownsea Island, near Poole – 1,853 listens
3. ‘Boom’ of the Bittern, Hinkling Broad, Norfolk – 1,697 listens
4. The call of a Red Fox recorded at Rye Grove, Surrey - 1,575 listens
5. The call of the hedgehog, North Scotland – 1,556 listens
Excluding the wildlife recordings, five of the next popular listens are
3. Kodungallur Devi, Bharani song from the Music in India collections – 756 listens
5. English Conversation: At the Tobacconist’s (including JRR Tolkein) – 557 listens
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