Conservator (HMS Victory)

Conservator (HMS Victory)

Salary (Grade 5):  £25,700 per annum

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

Location: National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth.

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 (NMRN) is recruiting for a full-time Conservator to join the Conservation and Collections team in the Museum Operations Directorate.

The Conservator will play a key part in the conservation, maintenance and upkeep of HMS Victory and its associated collections. This is an exciting time to join the team, in the early stages of a major Conservation Project that will see the outer hull re-planked in coming years. The role will be part of a multi-disciplinary team ensuring that the world’s oldest commissioned ship is being cared for according to a rigorous conservation approach.

They will work closely with fellow Conservators, Archaeologists and colleagues in the wider Conservation and Collections team, to help maintain the highest standards of conservation across all our work.  The role is based in Portsmouth, where the ship is located in dry dock.

Team work is a key part of this role to ensure that conservation best-practice is applied to our work with the collections.

Key Opportunities

• Opportunity to gain practical experience of a wide range of conservation tasks, both preventive and interventive, working on a unique and exciting collection.  This will include assessment and practical treatments (both on the ship and in the stores), assisting with environmental monitoring, implementing Integrated Pest Management strategies, and conservation cleaning within complex historic spaces.
• Be a key member of the team working on the major and innovative conservation programme for HMS Victory, which will see major works begin on the ship later this year.
• Working closely with colleagues in the curatorial and learning teams, providing conservation advice and guidance as well as practical assistance as appropriate.
• Opportunity to contribute to the conservation of our nationally and internationally important collection of historic ships and objects.


• A professional conservation qualification at degree level or equivalent experience.
• Knowledge of best practice approaches to preventive and interventive conservation of a range of materials, with sound awareness of conservation ethics.
• A positive attitude and passion for communicating the principles of conservation to different audiences.
• Specialist knowledge or experience in any of the following would be an advantage:
* Conservation of timber in a structural or buildings context
* Pest treatments and/or knowledge of timber decay fungi
* Conservation of large and composite objects
• If recently qualified, two years’ post-graduation experience is desirable, as this role covers a wide range of tasks and the candidate should be confident in decision-making in a large and diverse team.

We provide

• Membership fees for the Institute of Conservation (Icon) will be covered and full support of staff wishing to complete the accreditation process (including fees)
• 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.

This post requires a DBS check as a requirement of working on the naval base

Please click HERE for the Role Profile. 

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Diana Davis on 02392 989 786 or
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 Sunday 10 April 2022. Interviews are expected to be held onsite at Portsmouth in April 2022.

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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