Opening Up Scotland's Archives Traineeships

 This project has now been completed.


7 work-based heritage trainee roles across Scotland (1 year/£14,500 bursary plus travel and training)

The trainees are now working in their respective host organisations across Scotland.


This project was aimed at those looking for a change in direction in to archival work or starting out in your career who wanted to participate in a work-based development opportunity with accredited training.  This was through the University of Dundee Centre for Archives and Information Studies? 

AAI was delighted to work with the Scottish Council on Archives to recruit another 7 trainees to their Opening Up Scotland’s Archives Project, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Opening Up Scotland’s Archives seeks to address three main areas:

• to diversify the range of people coming into the archives workforce;
• to address gaps in the skills available in the archives workforce and
• to offer new routes for people to work in the heritage sector.

Rather than solely focusing on specific qualifications, the aim of this project is to identify people who can bring talent and energy and skills to the archival world, who are keen to develop their skills, who want to engage with their local community and want to create better accessible online services.


This project provides the opportunity for trainees from a range of backgrounds to spend a year working on real-life projects whilst learning new skills that will help them towards a career in the archives and heritage sectors. The trainees will help to bring the past to life for new audiences, keeping it alive for future generations to enjoy. Based in archive centres across Scotland, the posts run for a year from September 2016.

If you have experience or curiosity about our shared history and heritage or a background (work or volunteering) in community work, education, events or culture and want to expand your skills; if you have an interest in working with diverse communities and people; if you’re interested in preserving our past and bringing it to new audiences; If you’re passionate about social media, new technology, sharing information or bringing people together online through your digital skills then one of these traineeships could be for you.

The seven trainees work in the following host organisations focusing on specialised training:

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow City Archives

Midlothian Council

Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives)

National Records of Scotland

National Records of Scotland

University of St Andrews

University of Edinburgh Centre for Research Collections







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