Migration and Citizenship Researcher

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with The National Archives’ migration and citizenship collections, embedding high-quality records research into wider engagement activities.

Working within the Collections Expertise and Engagement department this is an exciting and challenging opportunity to contribute towards our work focusing on post-Second World War migration to the United Kingdom from the Commonwealth and beyond.


As Migration and Citizenship Researcher, your responsibilities will include researching, developing and bolstering our work on post-war migration, encompassing the arrival, reception, experiences, contributions and challenges faced by immigrants in this period. The role will focus on teasing out the varied and intersectional human stories from formal government records, such as passenger lists and cabinet records.

You will be expected to disseminate your research in a range of accessible and engaging ways, working with public engagement specialists and various departments to do so. You will also engage with developments in digital archiving and digital humanities research methods to promote and develop your specialist area for a range of public outputs.

The National Archives’ strategy Archives for Everyone is our plan to transform the way that the public thinks about archives – this role will take our collection to new and more diverse audiences, in line with our ambitions to become an Inclusive Archive.

About you:

An expert in migration and/ or citizenship history, you should have demonstrable knowledge of The National Archives’ collection of modern records relating to migration, the Commonwealth and citizenship. You will have a track record of researching and presenting underrepresented histories.

Your communication skills, both written and oral, will be excellent, with the ability to work with and engage diverse audiences with history. As well as to interact well and build effective relationships and networks within the organisation and with key stakeholders, including relevant communities.

This is a full time post. However, requests for part-time working, flexible working and job share will be considered, taking into account at all times the operational needs of the Department. A combination of onsite and home working is available and applicants should be able to regularly travel to our Kew site.

We are committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce and therefore encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQI+ community, the trans community, those who are neuro diverse, and those with a disability.