Your archives and heritage sector needs you!

Are you aged 18-30 and have an interest in archives and heritage?

Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage is delivering a course over five days that provides an opportunity to learn from archives and heritage industry specialists, as a part of the National Heritage Lottery Fund project, Unearthed: Forgotten Histories.  The course is aimed at young people of African and African Caribbean, Asian and Latinx heritage based in the UK, who are currently under-represented in the heritage sector. 

The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of working with archives, which enhances opportunities for future careers and qualifications.  The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited course focuses on the development of key skills associated with archives and the future of the sector.  After the success of the Young Archivists programme in 2022, participants pursued careers in libraries, began further education qualifications and obtained employment as a result of the course. 

What the course includes:

  • The Young Archivist course is free to attend. 

  • Training sessions will be hosted at Serendipity in Leicester.

  • There will also be an overnight stay in London with the opportunity to visit and hear from speakers at the Stuart Hall Library, Tate Britain and the Museum of London Docklands.

  • Sessions cover topics on digital archives, oral history, copyright essentials, leadership, marketing, technology and audiences.

  • There will be an opportunity to explore how heritage organisations are representing African and African Caribbean cultures and how these cultures shape British identities.

  • CPD accreditation which can support job applications.


  • Applicants must be available for the duration of the course, Monday 16 October – Friday 20 October 2023.

  • Applicants must have an enthusiasm and interest in archives and the heritage sector.

  • Applicants must be between 18-30 years old at the point of applying.

  • Applicants are actively welcomed to apply who have a disability, and are from under-represented groups in the heritage sector, including applicants with African and African Caribbean, Asian or Latinx heritage.


Serendipity seeks to appoint an Evaluation Consultant/team to lead on the evaluation of Unearthed: Forgotten Histories, to build on and complete the evaluation of the project funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The activities focus on the core strands of work:

  • Living Archive

  • Collections management: physical and digital archives

  • Young Archivists

  • Unspoken: African Dialogues

  • Documentaries

  • 100 Black Women Who Have Made A Mark

  • Educational Resources and Training

  • Public Engagement Programme

  • Organisational and Sector Resilience

Full details of these strands, target audiences and planned activities can be found in the activity plan, which can be provided upon request.

The Key Project outcomes selected as a part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund project are:

  • Involve a wider range of people.

  • Heritage will be identified and better explained.

  • The funded organisation will be more resilient.

Scope of the work and expected outputs
  • The Evaluation Consultant will coordinate the evaluation of the project to: Respond and build on the existing evaluation framework, which identifies benchmark data and outcomes.

  • Interview participants and draw up case studies where appropriate.

  • Compile and analyse evaluation cards and questionnaires.

  • Regular contact with the team.

  • Produce evaluation reports to inform project reviews and project reports to funders, particularly National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Respond to the Story of Change, updating learning outcomes with the team.

  • Compile a final evaluation report in collaboration with the CEO and Artistic Director, to be completed at the end of the project and in line with National Lottery Heritage Fund guidelines.

Email for more information and to apply.

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