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Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for Persian Manuscripts at British Library

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British Library in partnership with Iran Heritage Foundation.


Ref: COL00043
Location: London, St. Pancras
Salary: £31,387 p.a.
Fixed Term Contract for 18 months

British Library are seeking to appoint a Curator to work with the British Library's collections of Persian manuscripts. Building on work already completed during the previous two years, your main duties will be creating electronic records for both catalogued and uncatalogued material, and to further knowledge of the collections, working closely with the Persian curators, the Iran Heritage Foundation and the UK Higher Education Sector. This post offers a unique opportunity to become familiar with one of the largest and best-known collections in the world and to contribute to its future development and exploitation.

Using your degree level knowledge of Persian, your research and palaeographical skills, you'll also demonstrate an understanding of Persianate history and culture, exemplified by previous academic study or research in this subject area. Demonstrable IT skills, attention to detail and experience of managing relationships with a varied range of stakeholders in a project based environment will also be crucial to your success in this role.

More information and application details are available on the BL website

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact:
Ursula Sims-Williams (, or 
Muhammad Isa Waley (, Lead Curators (Persian).
Closing Date: 16th March 2014
Interview Date: 3rd April 2014

Please note that applicants must currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom

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Ursula Sims-Williams 
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The Persian Manuscript Digitisation Project

The Persian Manuscript Digitisation Project at the British Library began in August 2011 in partnership with the Iran Heritage Foundation, with the aim of making the British Library Persian manuscript collections accessible worldwide via the Internet. The project seeks to create metadata for the 11 thousand manuscripts in the collection, to be entered into a freely accessible online catalogue. In addition, the project seeks to digitise the most important manuscripts in the collection, providing access in perpetuity to these works and contributing to their future preservation.

To date over 2,600 catalogue records contained in 1,642 volumes have been uploaded on Fihrist, the UK union catalogue for Persian Manuscripts. A total of 27 manuscripts are now available fully digitised on the British Library's website. The project aims to complete the digitisation and uploading of a further 23 manuscripts leading to a corpus of 50 prioritised manuscripts available for people around the world to freely view, study and enjoy.

For further information on this path-breaking project please click here.


To support IHF's Persian Manuscript digitisation project at the British Library, please click here.

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