Fundraising Co-Ordinator to the Venerable English College Heritage Collections

The Venerable English College in Rome is a Catholic seminary established by the Holy See in 1579 and has historic collections of international significance dating back to 1362 which include a collection of some 15,000 rare books and numerous works of art.

Our Vision
To protect, conserve, understand, manage, and open this heritage, so it can be shared and appreciated by the Catholic community, the wider public, academics and researchers. We seek to secure the future of the whole Heritage Collection (including the Archives, Rare Books and Artworks) by undertaking their full identification, cataloguing, preservation, and digitisation, and through a programme of research and educational outreach.

The collections have largely remained hidden from view and the priority is to unlock this heritage and its potential to inform, inspire and emphasise its relevance in today’s world. Archives website

Our Work to Date
Much successful work has been done to preserve the collections. Projects include the creation of a designated storage area, complete with ambient temperature controls, to house the archival collections; the start of a digitisation programme; the establishment of the Schwarzenbach Fellowship, funding a full-time historian as Director of Heritage Collections; and the development of an outreach programme. Further projects have also been identified and await funding.

This work has been made possible through low-profile fund-raising initiatives under the guidance of the Archives Committee. The Committee now considers the time to be right in seeking advice and support as to the direction that fund-raising should now take, and ideas and expressions of interest are now sought from people who wish to be involved in the next stage of development.

This position is funded by the Venerable English College Trust, a UK charity – Number 1142558

The Role
The main aim is to raise additional funding from a variety of sources primarily from the UK, but also from other countries. The role will involve working closely with the Archives Committee to help shape the on-going fund-raising strategy, sharing expertise in fund-raising, maintaining relationships with existing donors, attracting new supporters, and initiating and making bid applications.

It is envisaged that the appointee will be based in the UK, with occasional visits to Rome, and will report to the Archives Committee. A like-minded interest in supporting heritage preservation will be an advantage.

This is a self-employed consultancy position for an anticipated twelve-month period with remuneration set at a maximum £30 per hour for an estimated 14 hours per week.

The Archives Committee wish to receive expressions of interest from candidates with a successful fund-raising track-record by email to Tom Harrison at [email protected]

Please include a CV and a brief note about why this position interests you. Closing date - Friday 15 July.

The Archives Committee requests no contact from agencies or media sales.