Salary (Grade 5):  £25,700 - £33,350 per annum (dependent upon experience)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday) - permanent

Location: Work across the National Museum of the Royal Navy based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with occasional travel to Gosport, Hartlepool and Belfast

The National Museum’s vision is to be the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum: inspiring learning, enjoyment, and engagement with the story of the Royal Navy and its impact in shaping the modern world.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is the UK’s newest national Museum. We are recruiting seven experienced Shipwrights within the expanding Conservation & Collections team based in Portsmouth. The successful candidates will be part of a friendly, multidisciplinary team of museum professionals, conservators and maritime industry specialists committed to high quality professional work maintaining and conserving historic ships, with a focus on HMS Victory.

This is an exciting time to join the NMRN, as we move into the next phase of a major Conservation Programme on HMS Victory, and this will occupy much of your time. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be part of conserving the world’s oldest commissioned ship.

You will also spend time based on our other Portsmouth ships – HMS Warrior and HMS M.33 - with occasional travel to the Museum’s other locations in the UK, including Gosport, Hartlepool and Belfast. Occasional weekend working may be required.

Overseen by the Lead Shipwright, your work will ensure that the NMRN’s Historic Ships are conserved and able to operate effectively and safely. The ships are open all year round as public attractions, so you will also be able to engage with our visitors about the important conservation work that you are undertaking.

Key Opportunities

• Opportunity to have a key role in the major Conservation Project on HMS Victory.
• Interesting and challenging heritage work with historic ships.
• Opportunity to be part of the team working on the conservation of our internationally important collection of historic ships.


• Specialist knowledge of construction of maritime joinery/shipwright practices, conservation and maintenance of historic ships.
• Qualified to Level 3 City & Guilds Boatbuilding (2463-03) or equivalent.
• Practical working knowledge of Health and Safety, including Working at Height from a MEWP.
• As you will be removing planking from the hull of HMS Victory, this will be a physically demanding role which will require manual handling on a daily basis.
• A positive attitude and ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.

We provide

• The opportunity to be part of a friendly and diverse workplace within a unique heritage environment.
• Group pension plan with Royal London (6% employer contributions, 2% employee contributions and death in service benefit).
•  25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays), increasing to 30 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) after 5 years’ service.
• Occupational sick pay.
• Flexible working.
• Employee Assistance Programme.
• Digital mental wellbeing resource for you and a ‘plus one’.
• Free admission to other national museums and attractions within the reciprocal agreement.
• Discounts at our shops and cafes.
• Free and discounted tickets for family and friends.

Please click HERE for the Role Profile.

For further details, or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Jimmy Green, Lead Shipwright (HMS Victory), at .

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a statement indicating how their knowledge and experience match those specified.  Applications should be forwarded to the HR Team at and are required by 12pm on Thursday 31st March 2022. Interviews are expected to be held onsite in April 2022 onsite in Portsmouth.

The Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted our responsibility to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place, and we would like to assure you that these are reviewed on a regular basis as the safety of our staff and visitors is of utmost importance to us.

If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to the application process because of a disability, please contact the HR team on for support.

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