Due to uncertainty around changing COVID regulations and the potential impact of sickness within our teams; NMRN may be required to adjust opening hours or close sites at short notice. Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid this and to contact ticket holders ahead of visits we do ask you to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for details of closures. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding. 

Pre-booking is advised, and visitors must wear masks for their safety and the safety of others, unless exempt.

HMS Caroline remains temporarily closed. Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.


Head of Collections and Research

Head of Collections and Research
Salary (Grade 8):  £42,850 - £47,000 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 the opportunity to adopt hybrid working (combination of working onsite and from home)

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is the newest national museum, a Government non-departmental public body (NDPB) and a registered charity, with sites at Portsmouth Harbour, Yeovilton, Hartlepool and Devonport.  Our vision is to be the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum, by inspiring learning, enjoyment and engagement with the story of the Royal Navy, and its impact in shaping the modern world.

Over the last decade, NMRN has worked to bring the collections of the constituent museums together into a single national collection. Most recently this has seen the creation of the Storehouse 12 Collections Store at NMRN Portsmouth, bringing collections from the Royal Navy Museum, Royal Marines Museum and Royal Navy Submarine Museum together under one roof.  Today the collection spans iconic ships such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and HMS Trincomalee, an extraordinary collection of 100 aircraft, and archives and artefacts spanning five hundred years and comprising 2,500,000 individual items.  The collection’s unique quality comes from the historic closeness of individual museums to the Royal Navy and its branches – and crucially to its people.  This has given the NMRN the ability to acquire and preserve material in a way not open to any other museum, and to capture the provenance which gives it meaning.

The Role

We are looking for an individual with experience of working in a collections role (at a senior level) to join our team at an exciting time to support delivery of a new strategy, with major programmes planned to enhance our visitor experience, develop our collections and help us share the story of the Royal Navy.

The Head of Collections and Research is a key role, leading the multi-site Collections Team of 19FTE in developing and sharing the Museum’s collections. You will have excellent knowledge of the Royal Navy’s history and/or a relevant subject specialism.  In 2021, the Museum approved a new Research Strategy.  The successful candidate will lead the work to further develop the research strategy and take forward plans for embedding research within the organisation.

To view role profile please click here

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.

For further details, or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please email Andrew Baines, Deputy Executive Director of Museum Operations: andrew.baines@nmrn.org.uk

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 recruitment@nmrn.org.uk and are required by 12pm on Monday 17 January 2022.  If you would like a copy of the Role Profile, please contact the HR team via the recruitment email address, alternatively you can access this via our jobs page on the NMRN website: www.nmrn.org.uk

Interviews are expected to be held on Monday 31 January 2022 either onsite in Portsmouth or virtually using video facilities on Microsoft Teams.

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 recruitment@nmrn.org.uk for support.

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