Honorary Archivist

  • Location : Remote
  • Status : 5-year term
  • Salary : Voluntary role
  • Closing date : 02/11/2023
  • Interview date : 23/11/2023

Overview of the role

The range of an Honorary Archivist’s work generally includes:

  • promoting the history of the College and its archival collection
  • working closely with the College Archivist and Records Manager on matters relating to the provision of archives.

The post is voluntary, and the appointee should expect, with the agreement of his or her employer, to spend an average of 1 PA/session per week in the role.

The post holder will work with the team of Associate Registrars, Associate Deans, Specialist Advisers and report to the Registrar.

The post will appeal to consultant psychiatrists in any specialty who have academic research qualification/experience in history of psychiatry.

Key responsibilities

  • To work closely with the College’s Archives and Records Manager and the Library and Archives Manager in formulating, implementing and updating the College Archives strategies and policies.
  • To promote the College archives and build links with individuals and organisations interested in the history of psychiatry e.g. History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group (HoPSIG), the Historian in Residence, and the Artist in Residence.
  • To support and represent the work of the College Archives at the International Congress and to work with College officers and relevant committees.
  • To support the implementation of the College’s Archives initiatives, and to advise on future developments.
  • To attend quarterly meetings of the HoPSIG
  • To attend the regular meetings of the College Exhibitions Group
  • To work with the Archives and Record Manager in creating exhibits, organising sessions for the International Congress and promoting the archival collection, the history of the College and of psychiatry generally.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a CV and a covering letter demonstrating experience (one A4 side) to

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Archivist, Francis Maunze, via email.

Please see the full job description for this role below.

Closing date: 2 November 2023

Interview date: 23 November 2023 via Microsoft Teams/Zoom

Interviews are likely to be around 30 minutes and it is unlikely that we would be able to offer an alternative date.

About the College

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional membership body for psychiatrists and promotes excellent care for people with mental illness.

It has over 20,000 members and engages with government and the media as the leading voice of the UK’s mental health services. The College is a values-based organisation and this has been reflected in a number of awards including being named Charity of the Year in the European Diversity Awards in 2019 and a Gold Award by Stonewall in 2023 for creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace.

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

JD - Honorary Archivist - November 2023