Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in the English speaking world, based in buildings dating to 1421 – the oldest surviving site in Manchester – and still open to readers and visitors, with a growing events programme celebrating the collections and historic connections with Marx, Engels and other notable visitors. The incredibly precious library is now looking for a dedicated librarian to look after this slice of history in the Chetham’s complex, which also includes the School of Music and the Stoller Hall.
The medieval library is positively ‘Dark Academia’ in aesthetic, with rich, dark mahogany adorning every wall and banister, and original copies of historically important literature, spanning the gamut of knowledge. This backdrop is the stuff of dreams and film, so it’s no surprise that it has drawn parallels with Harry Potter‘s magical Hogwarts school, and there’s a touch of that magic to this day when you enter.
The job advert details what you might expect from an important role such as this. In the role as Chetham’s Librarian you will be responsible for the Library which is an archival repository, rare books library and museum.
The advert states: “It is a unique position and offers exciting opportunities to build on the past, to strengthen its links with the academic community and researchers, and to work with colleagues at Chetham’s School of Music and The Stoller Hall to extend the role of the heritage site as a visitor attraction.”
The librarian role should support the vision of the Library by both leading the strategic development and day-to-day management of the Library. The lucky candidate will work closely with both internal and external stakeholders – internal stakeholders include the Feoffees of Chetham’s School of Music and Hospital, the Library Committee and the Joint Principals of Chetham’s School of Music.
External stakeholders include Manchester City Council, University of Manchester, other libraries and archives in the region, members of the Small Museum Network, and national and regional sector bodies.
The salary for this incredible role starts at a whopping £48,846 – £53,432 annually, reflecting the knowledge, dedication and experience the winning candidate is expected to have. Other benefits include free catered lunches during term time, on site gym and free tickets to concerts – what more could you want?
If you fancy learning more about Chetham’s Library, as well as the unique librarian role, visit the Chetham’s School of Music website.