Rights Clearance Officer

We’re seeking a knowledgeable Rights Clearance Officer to join our Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project team.

This fixed-term (until Oct 2021), part-time role is based at Bristol Archives. You'll lead on securing permissions for the public use of important audio archives.

Growth and Regeneration
Job Type
Libraries, Museums & Archives
Working Hours
Part Time
Employment Type
Fixed Term
B Bond BS1 6XN
Pay Grade
24,799 - 26,999 pro rata (from 1st April 2019)
Not Applicable
Closing Date
Ref No

This exciting project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is led by the British Library.  In conjunction with ten national and regional partners across the UK, the project  will digitally preserve almost half a million endangered sound recordings from across the UK and make 100,000 available online, raising the profile of sound archive collections in the process.

Bristol Culture is the project partner for South West England. Over the next three years, our UOSH team will digitise 5,000 physical sound items from our collections and other exciting collections from across the region. The digitised recordings will then be used in a creative programme of learning and engagement activities.

You will be responsible for researching rights ownership of selected material, locating and sending permission requests to rights holders, and coordinating with the project team and the British Library’s IP and Licensing Department to ensure that the rights clearance process is thoroughly undertaken and proper due diligence audit trails are in place.  The aim of the post is to enable as many sound objects as possible to be available for online access.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Sound knowledge of intellectual property rights and data protection issues relating to audio
  • High level of attention to detail and consistent and accurate record-keeping
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • The ability to work both independently and within a small and interdependent team.

To apply for this vacancy, please demonstrate how you have the knowledge, aptitude and experience detailed in the person specification.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Katie Scaife (UOSH Project Manager on 0117 922 4212 after 25th March 2019. Interviews will be held on Thursday 11th April 2019.