Danelaw Digital – bridging the digital gap

Danelaw Digital is a group of four archive services who will each host a digital archive technician trainee for 20 months to work with born-digital archives. The initiative is possible thanks to The National Archives Bridging the Digital Gap project which secured £720,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives said: ‘Digital skills are vital to the future of the archive sector. Bridging the Digital Gap provides a unique opportunity for digital trainees and a great chance for archives to diversify both entry routes and the skills profiles of their staff.’

Stuart Hobley, Head of HLF London, said: ‘Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this is a real investment into how we can all access our archives. Trainees will gain invaluable experience and knowledge whilst archive services will gain fresh perspectives, strengthen the sector’s workforce and work towards an exciting digital future.’

The four services, Hull University Archives, Norfolk Record Office (NRO), East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and the Borthwick Institute of Archives, will each provide training and practical experience of working with born-digital archives and digitisation.  

Trainees will undertake a newly designed, bespoke digital training course, covering skills in digital acquisition, preservation, access and engagement, to fully equip them for future careers in this rapidly growing part of the archives sector. The practical application of these newly acquired skills will greatly improve their employability across the archive sector. 

The trainees will be encouraged to share their experiences via social media and blogs as the project develops. A second group of four institutions based in London will also host trainees in the first of three rounds of funding.

Simon Wilson, University Archivist at Hull, said “we are delighted to host a trainee thanks to the funding secured by The National Archives”

In Hull the trainee will have the opportunity to work on born-digital material in two hybrid archives – those of playwright Alan Plater and Austin Mitchell MP. The trainee will join a team actively working on their biggest challenge – archiving over 100,000 files from Hull 2017 relating to the City of Culture

Update - 19 August 2018:

The deadline has now past, we will now begin reviewing the applications and will contact those who have been shortlisted for interview (on the 12th September), it is hoped that the trainee will start in early October.