Job opportunity: Part-time Administrator

As one of the most iconic mountaineers of the 1970s, the Mountain Heritage Trust was delighted to finally bring Pete Boardman’s almost 10,000 strong slide collection under one roof. Working with the Boardman family and the Chris Bonington Picture Library, the extensive slide collection was donated to the Trust in 2017, with Pete’s papers and personal material following in 2018. All this is now stored in our archive at the Blencathra Field Studies Centre.

Two of our volunteers, Sue and Sheila, began cataloguing the slides in February 2018 and discovered just how extensive the collection is. Beginning in 1965 until Pete’s death on Everest in 1982, the slides document many of his high profile expeditions to the greater ranges; Hindu Kush in 1972, the South West Face of Everest in 1975, Changabang in 1976, K2 in 1978, Kangchenjunga in 1979, Kongur in 1981 and Everest in 1982. The slides are a unique insight in to one of the most significant periods in British mountaineering history, at a time when new lightweight approaches to the Greater Ranges were being pioneered. Yet as well as these international expeditions, the images are a unique snapshot of 1970s climbing life, with UK crags such as the Wye Valley and Alpine trips in 1974 and 1977; as well as the Caucaus, Tatras, Corsica and Australia all pictured. Access to the collection can be requested by getting in touch through the website.

The Mountain Heritage Trust would like to extend their sincere thanks to both the Boardman family and our volunteers for ensuring that this valuable archive is preserved for the years ahead. With the slides organised, work is now beginning on re-boxing the slides in specialist archive boxes and our thanks go to the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust who have paid for these.

The Mountain Heritage Trust, is seeking a part-time Administrator (7 hours a week) to be based in the MHT office at the Blencathra Centre, near Threlkeld, Keswick. Initially this post will be for four months and will be reviewed in September 2019. The role will involve working with the Board Trustees and the Collections Manager of MHT on administrative tasks. The role is offered for 7 hours per week either as one working day or two part-time days at £10 per hour on a freelance basis.

A more detailed job description can be found below.

Applications including a covering letter and CV should be sent to charlotte@mountain-heritage.org by midnight on Friday, 7th June 2019.

Job description includes:

• Log all telephone and email enquiries

• Send invoices for payment to the BMC

• Other miscellaneous administrative or promotional activities to support to the Collections Manager, Chair and Trustees of the MHT board, where necessary

• Book meeting rooms

• Send out learning resources to schools when requested

• Liaise with Chair of Trustees, to prepare and circulate agenda and supporting papers for quarterly Trustees meetings

• Arrange catering for the quarterly Trustees meetings

• Minute compiling from Trustees meetings

• Record trustees expenses claims and submit to the BMC

• Assisting with fund-raising events and lectures where necessary

• Liaison with volunteers

• Some travel will be required to attend MHT events and board meetings so access to own transport is highly desirable

Person specification: (Skills/Experience essential)

• Good IT skills and confident user of Microsoft Office, email and internet (Essential)

• Strong organisation and prioritisation skills (Essential)

• Excellent spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing skills (Essential)

• Self-motivated and ability to work to own initiative (Essential)

• Trustworthy and reliable (Essential)

For further information or an informal discussion about the role please contact Charlotte McCarthy, Collections Manager at charlotte@mountain-heritage.org or 01768 779911.

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