Petticoat Lane Heritage Researcher – London Historic Buildings Trust (LHBT)

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Key Details:

  • Role: Petticoat Lane Heritage Researcher
  • Positions available: We are recruiting up to four people
  • Fee available: Up to £1,350 per role available
  • Time commitment: Up to 100 hours per role available (roughly 14 days), to be worked between August 2024 and January 2025.
  • Role type: Freelance
  • Location:  Flexible homeworking to fit out around your schedule. Some meetings held in Tower Hamlets, close to Wentworth Street (E1 7AL).
  • You must be able to attend five planned training workshops close to Wentworth Street (E1 7AL) which will held on weekdays over the course of the project. The first workshop is planned for early August and the remaining four workshops will be agreed with the appointed researchers.
  • Start Date: 1 August 2024
  • Finish Date: 31 January 2025

About the Role

London Historic Buildings Trust (LHBT) are seeking up to four people local to Petticoat Lane in Tower Hamlets or the surrounding area (Click here for map).

The project is about celebrating and promoting the history and heritage of Petticoat Land and its communities, by installing a number of plaques in the local area. We have already tested this project by installing some temporary sticker plaques during 2022. Now we want to create a Trail with permanent plaques. You can read more about the work we did in 2022 here to get a sense of what we are going to be doing next.

The Petticoat Lane Heritage Researchers will play an important role in developing the project. They will be researching and writing about the history of the area to shape the Heritage Trail and their research and writing will be displayed on the Heritage Trail website.

Are you interested?

There are up to four positions available. We want to hear from people who have:

  • A connection to Petticoat Lane and the surrounding area, (i.e. living, working or studying nearby).
  • An interest in local history; history and heritage of Petticoat Lane/the East End
  • A desire to learn about historical research or to develop existing skills
  • An interest in communicating history and heritage for all audiences and ages
  • Good IT skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to work as a team and independently – must be self-motivated
  • Good written and verbal communication skills – and must be confident in speaking, writing and reading in English

How to apply?
Please apply by email and answer the following five questions:

  1. Why are you interested in the role?
  2. What experience do you have that is relevant to this role?
  3. What connection do you have to Petticoat Lane or the surrounding area?
  4. Are you available on either 5, 8, or 9 August for the first training workshop? This will be held close to Wentworth Street, Tower Hamlets, E1 7AL. Please confirm your availability when you reply.
  5. Please confirm if you can be available for further workshops during the daytime in the week? Unfortunately, we are unable to deliver the training workshops in the evenings or at weekends.

Please email your answers to these five questions to the Heritage Trail Project Officer, Laura Owen, on

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Thursday 19 July.

We will look to hold follow up conversations with shortlisted applicants via Zoom on the afternoon of Wednesday 24 July 2024.

To apply for this job email your details to