‘Everything to Everybody’ is a National Lottery funded partnership project between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council.

Based at the Library of Birmingham, the project will work with community partners and volunteers across the city to help modernise the historic Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library.

In 1868, Birmingham was the first place in the world to open a Shakespeare Library for everybody irrespective of education, wealth or background. The ‘Everything to Everybody’ project will take those founding principles and translate them for the contemporary 21st century city.

Working with local artists, community groups, heritage organisations, schools, students, volunteers and cultural venues throughout Birmingham, the project will open up the Shakespeare Library to new audiences locally, nationally and internationally. It will, in particular, actively engage with communities with no prior knowledge of the Shakespeare Library.

‘Everything to Everybody’ will produce new online resources, books, exhibitions, community productions, family days at the library, publications, citizen research, and will work closely with schools and educators. Coinciding with the Commonwealth Games, ‘Everything to Everybody’ will culminate in 2022 with a festival celebrating Birmingham’s role in initiating and promoting inclusive culture for all.

The Birmingham Shakespeare Library catalogue is currently only available as a seven volume printed document. The ‘Everything to Everybody’ project will digitise the Shakespeare catalogue and make it available online to everybody.

The ‘Everything to Everybody’ project Archivist will coordinate all archive-related activity for the project. They will have specific responsibility for digitising the Shakespeare Library catalogue and making it publicly available using the Calm archival cataloguing system.

The development of a new digital catalogue is a core aim of the project and will make the collections more readily available to Birmingham citizens, project partners and other stakeholders.

The Archivist will primarily work with the Shakespeare Collection and George Dawson Collection, but should also draw connections to other collections at the Library of Birmingham.

The role includes day-to-day supervision of volunteers, student researchers, and other members of staff involved with the project.

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Contact Name

Tom Epps

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Start Date

1st May 2020

Closing Date

31st May 2020