Archive Assistant

Archive Assistant – Kick Start Programme


For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Gilbert & George, William Kentridge, Sarah Lucas, Gerhard Richter and Cindy Sherman.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, restaurant and bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round (opening subject to government guidelines), so there is always something free to see.

The Gallery is taking part in the government initiative ‘Kick Start’ programme, and has 2 placements available. These are 6 months placements open ONLY to applicants coming through the Kick Start programme via DWP and Job Centers.


Archive Assistant at the Whitechapel Gallery is an opportunity for the candidate to gain training, skills and experience in a specific aspect of the workings of a public gallery. The Archive Assistant will also gain practical work experience within the Whitechapel Gallery’s Archive, learning how the collections are managed, stored and cared for. They will gain a broad appreciation of the skills required in the archive sector and how the archive service fulfils its mission on a daily basis.

The Archive Assistant will report to the Archivist.

 For further information, please download the Role Description.

Conditions of Work

  • Contract: Fixed term 6-months contract.
  • Hours of work: 25 hours per week, 9:30am – 5:45pm, Tuesday to Friday, plus some occasional weekend and evening work, which will be compensated by time off in lieu.
  • Location: Currently remote working but subject to change based on government guidelines to reopen. Upon reopening, location of work will be Whitechapel Gallery, 77 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX.
  • Salary: £8.91 per hour, National Minimum Wage.

To apply

Please send your most recent CV with a supporting statement no more than 250 words to by midnight Sunday, 28 March 2021.

We request no contact from agencies or media sales.

The Whitechapel Gallery strives to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Charity number: 312162 Company number: 4093862



How to apply

  • Placement is ONLY available to applicants coming through the Kick Start programme via DWP & Job Centers.
  • Send your CV with a supporting statement saying why you are interested in this placement (no more than 250 words), to recruitment
  • Please also send a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring form
  • Deadline to apply is midnight Sunday, 28 March 2021