Current Vacancies


Ship Keeper (Cleaning), Portsmouth-based
Salary:  £6,084 per annum

Part-time – 15 hours – Permanent
(6 days a week, including one weekend day, typically 4.30-7pm (with some flexibility).

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is recruiting for a part-time Ship Keeper to join the Historic Ships team within the Heritage Directorate, working on HMS Warrior in Portsmouth.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a vital part of the daily cleaning and care of HMS Warrior, contributing to the long-term conservation of the vessel. 
The Ship Keeper will provide daily cleaning on the ship, directed by the Conservators, to protect the historic interiors and the display spaces on board and to help maintain the highest standards of cleanliness on board. 

Attention to detail is a key part of this role to ensure that the NMRN’s historic vessels are maintained and operated to a high and safe standard.

Key Opportunities

• To contribute to the cleaning and maintenance of HMS Warrior, and our collection of nationally and internationally important ships.

• To work as a key member of a new team within the Heritage Directorate.

• To gain practical experience working within a historic structure, using conservation-approved materials.


Previous experience in cleaning and a flexible approach to working schedules along with a basic knowledge of Health and Safety.

Experience of working in a museum or historic building would be an advantage, but is not essential.

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Diana McCormack on 02392 989786 or

The role profile can be viewed here.

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a statement indicating how their experience and qualifications match those specified.  
Applications should be forwarded to the HR Team at and are required by 12pm on 23rd March 2018
Interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed.


The National Museum of the Royal Navy is seeking four new Trustees.

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The National Museum of the Royal Navy was established in 2008 and is a charity, a company limited by guarantee and a Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.  We are an ambitious and growing national museum, recognised for our innovation and achievement and for continuing to deliver high-quality services in a challenging economic climate.  We are one of the few headquartered outside London, acquiring key sites that tell the story of the Royal Navy and reflecting its operations on the sea, under the sea, on the land and in the air.  Our vision is to become the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum, enabling people to learn, enjoy and engage with the epic story of the Royal Navy and its impact in shaping the modern world.

The National Museum, with its headquarters in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, has seen significant change in the past ten years and our heritage attractions now include: the Royal Navy Submarine Museum with Cold War-era HMS Alliance (Gosport); Explosion, the Museum of Naval Firepower (Gosport); the Fleet Air Arm Museum (Yeovilton), home to 103 aircraft; and the Royal Marines Museum, due to transfer into a brand new museum in the Historic Dockyard in 2020.  Our fleet of historic naval ships includes: Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s iconic flagship HMS Victory; HMS Warrior 1860; First World War Gallipoli campaign survivor HMS M33; HMS Caroline (Belfast); and, the U.K’s oldest historic fighting ship still afloat, HMS Trincomalee (Hartlepool).  Our reach is extended through our developing network of affiliates which includes: the Frigate Unicorn (Dundee); HMS Wellington (London); the Medusa Trust (Portsmouth); the HMS Courageous Association (Devonport); the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust (Portsmouth); Haslar Heritage Group (Gosport); and the D-Day Museum (Portsmouth).

The National Museum attracted 1.2 million visitors to its sites in 2016/17, with figures published by ALVA (The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions) showing it to be the 6th most visited attraction outside of London and Scotland.  We employ 350 staff supported by a team of 320 volunteers.

Further information about the National Museum of the Royal Navy can be found on its website


The National Museum’s Articles of Association make provision for up to 15 Trustees, who are also the Members and Directors of the National Museum of the Royal Navy for the purposes of company law, and who collectively form the Board.

The role of the Board of the National Museum of the Royal Navy includes responsibility for: ensuring the distinct legal obligations and charitable objectives are fulfilled within an overall policy and strategy framework; the provision of overall leadership and development of strategy; and ensuring high standards of corporate governance are maintained, with effective control systems and decision-making processes in place.  In addition to the Board of Trustees, there is a separate NMRN Operations Board, charged with responsibility for the operational delivery of the corporate priorities.  Two trustees from the Main Board are also NMRN Operations trustees.  The day-to-day operation of the National Museum is delegated to the Director General (also the Accounting Officer) and to the Executive Directors.

The Board of Trustees meets four times a year to set the long-term strategic objectives of the National Museum, agree corporate priorities and review performance.  The Board undertakes a periodic review of its membership and skills sets and new appointments are made on the basis of what skills trustees believe the Board needs to deliver its strategy or tackle specific issues.

There are also four committees covering the key areas of operations and include:

Audit and Governance Committee

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Collections, Research, Access and Learning Committee

Fundraising Committee

Find out more


Chef – Fleet Air Arm Museum (Yeovilton, Somerset)

Salary:  £16,000 per annum to £18,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)

37.5 hours per week - Permanent

We are recruiting for a Kitchen Chef to join the Food and Beverage team at the Fleet Air Arm Museum (Yeovilton, Somerset).

This is an ideal opportunity to play a key role in the catering offer at The National Museum of the Royal Navy both through events and the on-site Café. This will include preparing the day to day menu offered within the Café each day as well as assisting the team to deliver specific Special Event and Corporate Hospitality Catering arrangements.

Key Opportunities

To help the Museum develop its food and beverage offer. Providing a creative approach to menu design and subsequent delivery.


Able to demonstrate an understanding of excellent customer care principles, combining these with the ability to lead and motivate whilst driving performance and efficiencies.

Minimum Two years’ experience in a high pressure catering environment delivering a high standard of food service (served as cook as a minimum).

Desirable - NVQ Level in Food Preparation; Basic Food Hygiene Certificate; at least part completion of NVQ Food Service.

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Marc Farrance on Tel: 01935 842622 or

The Role Profile can be viewed at

Applications should be forward to the HR Team at and are required by 5pm on Monday 26th March 2018

Interviews will be held on 4th April 2018



HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands