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"PETT: The Next 50 Years"

Assistant Archivist / Heritage Officer role


A unique opportunity to join the team at the award-winning* Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre in Toddington, Gloucestershire, to support an ambitious programme of change, and to enhance your continuing professional development.

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Application Closing Date: 5pm, Monday, January 9, 2017

Interviews: Tuesday, January 24, 2017


The Planned Environment Therapy Trust (PETT) is a small charitable trust which has been promoting and supporting therapeutic approaches to the treatment of children and adults with emotional and psychological hurts since 1966. The Archive and Study Centre was established by PETT in 1989 to create a permanent home for the memory of the field, as well as to actively promote wider understanding through public outreach and engagement with our heritage collections, and the work and needs they represent.

In 2010-2011, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), PETT worked with volunteers from five former children's communities to record personal histories, preserve the archives of individuals and their communities, and to learn from and to help people share and learn about their own, and others' heritage (see the archived website here). Now - in 2016, on the 50th anniversary of the Trust - HLF have awarded PETT a further, Transition Grant to ensure that PETT and its Archive and Study Centre continue to thrive for another 50 years.

As part of this grant, PETT have created the key role of Assistant Archivist/ Heritage Officer to work in and alongside our small team of staff and volunteers to support our ambitious development project, and to work closely with the Trust's Archivist to grow, manage and increase access to/engagement with the heritage.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Archivist in the day-to-day running and management of the Archive and Study Centre

  • Adding to, preserving and cataloguing collections within the Archive

  • Enhancing public access to the Archive and Study Centre, including the promotion of materials on the website and through exhibitions and events

  • Supporting, developing and participating in the outreach and engagement work of the Archive and Study Centre

  • Training, supervising, and supporting the work of volunteers

  • Helping to lay foundations for long-term succession , sustainability and development of the Archive.

For fuller details of the role and the Transition Project, please see the Transition Project section of the Trust's website here.


The successful candidate will have a recognised archive qualification and proven archive experience. You should be flexible and proactive, with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills, and able to demonstrate a sound and creative problem solving approach to your work.

Location: The Planned Environment Therapy Trust premises on Church Lane, Toddington, Gloucestershire GL54 5DQ

Hours: 24 hours per week; initially on a 12-month contract, with the potential for extension

Starting: February 2017, or as soon thereafter as possible

Salary: £25,000 - £28,000 (Pro-rata)

To apply: Download and complete the application form available on the PETT website.

To discuss the role ahead of your application, please phone the Trust's Archivist, Dr. Craig Fees, RMARA, on 01242 620125, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PETT is an equal opportunities employer

* Community Archives and Heritage Groups 'Most Impactful' Archive 2011; Your Family History Magazine 'Archive of the Year' 2013.