Senior Conservator (Maternity Cover)

Senior Conservator, Portsmouth-based (Maternity Cover)
Salary: £30,000 per annum (pro rata)

Full-time role: 37.5 hours per week – fixed term 12 months (maternity cover)

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is recruiting for a fixed-term Senior Conservator (maternity cover) to join the Heritage Directorate.

The Senior Conservator leads the team of conservators and ship keepers 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. They 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

• Managing a small team working within the Historic Ships team and Heritage Directorate, supporting the conservation of our historic vessels and collections.

• Opportunity to gain practical experience of a wide range of conservation tasks, preventive and interventive, on a challenging collection.  This will include physical assessment, data analysis, devising practical treatments, environmental monitoring, implementing Integrated Pest Management strategies, and guidance and supervision of staff, volunteers and students in conservation 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 and demonstrable post-graduation experience working within a museum setting or historic building.

Knowledge of best practice approaches to preventive and interventive conservation of a range of materials.

Sound awareness of conservation ethics and confidence in making conservation-led decisions, including around large or industrial objects, challenging environments and logistical considerations.
Experience managing conservators, students and volunteers and working with contractors.

A positive attitude and passion for communicating the principles of conservation to different audiences.

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 13 September 2019.  Interviews will be held in late September in Portsmouth.

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands