Professional Services of Philip Graves
Updated, May 29th, 2022
Philip is once again available by prior appointment for the services listed below, but currently on Fridays and weekends only. Availability may expand in the future if support and demand are sufficient to allow existing regular employment to be reduced or discontinued.
Graves is an astrological librarian, researcher and historian. Please do not ask him to carry out personal astrological reading or interpretation services. His available services are detailed below:
|Service||Price per hour*|
|Literary Research in or Writing on Astrology||£50.00|
|Custom Scanning of materials1 in Astrological Library||£50.00~|
|Supervision of Personal Visitors to Astrological Library+||£20.00°|
|Preparation and delivery of lectures on astrology||£50.00|
*: All prices in Great British Pounds (GBP). No VAT payable. Prices current in March 2021. Discounts may be available on ongoing regular work.
1: Strictly out-of-copyright materials only. Scans requested and taken will be supplied to the client on a non-exclusive basis; and copies may be retained for reuse.
+: Members of the Astrological Association of Great Britain will be admitted free of charge subject to advance security vetting if they are not already known personally to Graves. Non-members of the Astrological Association who have contributed funds to the library, e.g. physical library members via Patreon, major donors, and staff / students of benefactor institutions, may also be exempt from supervision fees. Pre-approved social visitors to the library not seeking to undertake reading or research will not be charged. There will be no charge for filmed interviews recorded with visiting astrologers as these are considered valuable promotional opportunities for both the astrologer and library, subject to Graves being authorised to upload the resultant videos to his Youtube channel and share them on Astrolearn. For all other visitors requiring supervised research, supervision fees will be charged as indicated.
°: Standard hourly charge for research visits of up to two hours. A reduced hourly charge of £10 per subsequent hour on the same day will take effect from the third hour onwards, if any visit lasts longer than two hours.
~: Time to include an initial allowance for responding to enquiries and locating the books and periodicals wanted, as well as actual time spent on scanning and cropping, uploading the finished file and linking to the upload. A minimum fee of £25.00 is chargeable for any scanning work at all – even a single page – thanks to the associated time costs involved in billing and arranging the work aside from actual scanning time.
Literary Research in or Writing on Astrology
Philip is an experienced and dedicated literary researcher in astrology and more especially its history. He is able to undertake research or writing on your behalf using the resources in the library he manages as well as his knowledge of useful online resources. The price of research and writing is £50 per hour. The writing of Sun sign forecasts and similar columns will not be undertaken, and he reserves the right to decline proposed projects if he does not think he is best placed to carry them through.
Custom scanning of materials in Astrological Library
Philip can normally take high-quality full-colour scans of out-of-copyright texts and magazine articles in the library for a fee of £50 per hour or part thereof, to include any cropping wanted and the process of uploading the file and sharing the download link with the client by email.
All materials published in the United States since 1963, and many successful books published between 1924 and 1963 that continued to be in print 28 years after first publication, will remain in copyright for 95 years from first publication. All books and magazine articles published in Europe will remain in copyright for 70 years following the death of the author. No exceptions will be made to these exclusions, and where the date of death of an author is unknown, the precautionary principle will be applied.
In-copyright materials may be inspected by personal visitors to the library for research purposes, but not photocopied or scanned.
Supervision of Research in Astrological Library
Anyone wanting to use the library to carry out their own research may apply to visit in person. A reference and a declaration of any past criminal convictions that could impact security may be required from applicants previously unknown or little known. All visitors will be expected to abide by the law and to handle items with care. On no account may any of the library’s inventory be removed from the library or written upon or otherwise defaced.
By special agreement with the President of the Astrological Association of Great Britain, Roy Gillett, members of the Astrological Association of Great Britain will be admitted free of charge, subject to light security vetting if they are not known to Graves personally. This is because the Astrological Association Library and Archive are also now held at the same site. Please note however that the library is not funded by the Astrological Association, and voluntary donations from AA members who can afford it will be welcome.
For non-AA-members, the fee for using the library to carry out your own research, if you are not supporting it by some other recognised means already, is £20 per hour for the first two hours, £10 per hour from the third hour onwards. These costs may be waived in certain circumstances, e.g. visits from friends or from donors.
Research visits from students, staff and graduates of the Sophia Centre will not be charged, but donations are again welcome.
For reasons of conservation of fragile bindings and paper, visitors may not take their own scans but may request scans to be taken and sent on after their visits.
Lectures on Astrology
Graves is available to give talks on astrology and various aspects of its history throughout the UK and the rest of Europe as far as safe flight routes and public transport infrastructure allow, subject to full travel expenses being paid, and adequate advance notice (typically several months) being given to allow for preparation.
If you represent an organisation looking to host talks on astrology and its history, and think he may have something valuable to offer your group or clients, please contact him to discuss your expectations. Lectures may be tailored according to needs. Fee negotiable but will normally be based on advance research and writing at £50 per hour, with a minimum charge of 10 hours (£500) for any lecture that has not been delivered previously, plus travel expenses and an allowance for attendance time.
|Service||Price per hour*|
|Proof-reading and editing of written English documents||50.00|
|Translation from French to British English||50.00|
|Translation from Swedish to British English||50.00|
|Personal tuition or class teaching of English / EFL||Variable+|
*: All prices in Great British Pounds (GBP). No VAT payable. Prices current in May 2022. May be subject to future revision.
+ Charge for English and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) tuition and teaching will vary according to circumstances, including length of contract, number of individuals to be taught, and travel requirements
Philip is available for private hire for English correction and proof-reading / copy-editing services at a standard rate of £50 per hour. Please contact him on solger75 [at] gmail.com to discuss your requirements.
He has considerable experience of proof-reading books on astrology, first novels, and academic dissertations for students from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
Philip holds a B. A. (Hons.) in French (University of Hull), and has passed Swedish as a Second Language (Svenska som Andraspråk) to university-entry level in Sweden, in addition to having completed Swedish national curriculum courses in mathematics, history, geography, business economics, and social studies, at the equivalent level, all with excellent grades. He is consequently available to undertake all manner of paid translation projects from written French or Swedish into English, with the exception of those requiring expert knowledge of highly technical scientific and industrial vocabulary, and those that specifically require U.S. English. All translation services are charged at £50 per hour of actual time taken. Contracts based on cost per word will not be entered into.
English Language Teaching
Philip is a CELTA-qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language (ITTC Bournemouth). If you are looking to hire a British native English teacher, assistant or tutor, please contact him. He is currently based in South Wales but also has a family and work connection with Bristol, England, and can undertake personal tuition within a reasonable distance of either area by arrangement. Internet-based tuition could be arranged with careful planning, but there is no formal set-up in place for this yet. Fee negotiable according to circumstances.
All enquiries are to be addressed in the first instance by email on solger75 [at] gmail.com.
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