Salary:  £22,000 - £27,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)

37.5 hours per week – permanent

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is recruiting for a full-time Conservator to join the Heritage Directorate.

The Conservator will play a key part in the maintenance and upkeep of our wide-ranging collections, with a focus upon the Museum’s historic vessels, including HMS Victory, HMS M.33, HMS Warrior and HMS Alliance.  You will work closely with fellow conservators, alongside the historic ships and collections teams, to help maintain the highest standards of conservation across our sites and collections.  Based in Portsmouth, occasional travel to our other sites in Belfast, Hartlepool and Yeovilton will be required.

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.  This will include assessment and practical treatments, assisting with environmental monitoring, implementing Integrated Pest Management strategies, conservation cleaning within complex historic spaces and maintenance of display material.

• Working within the Historic Ships team and Heritage Directorate, supporting the conservation of our historic vessels and their fabric, and with line management of some members of the Ship Keeping team, providing guidance in basic conservation cleaning tasks.

• 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 vessels and objects.


A professional conservation qualification at degree level or equivalent is required for this role. 

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 metals and alloys

• Conservation of industrial or large objects and modern materials

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.

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Diana Davis on 02392 989 786 or

The role profile can be viewed here or by emailing  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 5 pm on 23 August 2019.  Interviews will be held in early September in Portsmouth.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands