Wiltshire Victoria County History Trust - Historian Wanted

We need a historian of the English Early Modern (1550s onwards) and Modern periods to research and write for us a chapter in our forthcoming 20th Volume in the Wiltshire VCH series, covering the town and environs of Chippenham. The chapter subject is Chippenham Local Government and Parliamentary Representation.

Our historian will have a sound academic background in English history and a record of publication will be an advantage. He or she will be a well organised self-starter, familiar with relevant sources at the National Archives and ideally with experience of working on the VCH or allied projects. The work will be carried out to the established standards of the VCH, as overseen by the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, and on publication (initially online) will be credited to the author.

A scoping note on the work involved is attached. The finished chapter is expected to be around 10,000 words in length and for this a fixed fee of £8,000 will be paid in instalments. The person appointed will be self-employed and not an employee of the Trust. The work should be completed within one year of the award of a contract.

Many of the records to be used are at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, which is close to Chippenham station, and the person appointed will need to be able to reach Chippenham without difficulty. He or she should also have access to standard printed and online sources.

For informal enquiries on the scope of the work please contact Dr John Chandler (jh.chandler@hotmail.com) and on the recruitment process please contact James Holden (vjholden@gmail.com).

Application is by email to James Holden at vjholden@gmail.com, attaching a CV, one page covering letter and contact details for two academic referees.

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 31st January 2018
Interviews, in Chippenham: Monday 19th February 2018.

Published on: 
8 Dec 2017