Make a difference and become a Trustee

Jigsaw puzzle showing the importance of charity workThe National Jazz Archive is seeking two new trustees to join our team, with expertise in either fundraising or archiving.

We are a registered charity founded in 1988 and hold the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz and related music from the 1920s to the present day together with an important collection of oral history recordings.

Our vision is to develop, promote and share knowledge of our collection and to safeguard it for future generations.  

The current board comprises 11 trustees, each with specialist expertise. Our financial position is reasonably sound. We are keen to develop further and build on our strengths, to increase diversity within the Archive and its users, and to fill skill gaps on the board.

Trustees meet four times a year (for the most part using video conferencing on Zoom) and are expected to take an active role in subgroups and to support National Jazz Archive events and activities. Trustees must commit to serving for a minimum of three years.

The Archive is based at Loughton Library, Essex and there is a satellite archive at Birmingham City University. The operation at Loughton is supported by a part-time research archivist, a volunteer organiser, an IT consultant, a qualified archivist consultant and by an enthusiastic team of volunteers.


What we are looking for

You will ideally have an understanding of archives, jazz and/or cultural heritage. You will have experience of team-working, an understanding of operational issues and a willingness to be hands-on. In particular, we are seeking trustees with experience of one or more of the following:


How to apply

Please send an email outlining the skills and experience you would bring to the National Jazz Archive. Explain why you would like to join, and your interest in one of the positions. Please also confirm that there are no reasons, to your knowledge, that would disqualify you from becoming a charity trustee.

Applications should be emailed to The closing date is Wednesday, 31 March 2021. For more information or to discuss the posts please send your query with a contact number and a trustee will phone you back.

Please note that these are voluntary positions and are not remunerated. The National Jazz Archive can assist with reasonable expenses incurred in undertaking National Jazz Archive business away from Loughton Library.


Role descriptions

If you are interested, you can click to find separate detailed descriptions of the two trustee roles for archiving and collections management and fundraising.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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