Research Internship

Research Internship

Salary (Grade 2): £19,460 per annum (£798.36 pro rata for duration of contract)
Contract: Fixed term 10-week contract

Hours: 8 hours per week
Location:  National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth with the opportunity to adopt hybrid working (combination of working onsite and from home)

Our mission is to tell the epic story of the Royal Navy and we do this through planes, ships, submarines, people, collections, exhibitions, galleries, and new museums. Our vision is to be the most inspiring naval museum in the world.

We are looking for a person who is inquisitive to help support our project, Tidal Teatime. This project is exploring how we at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) can work more effectively with communities to understand our collections and include more diverse voices in our work. As a research intern you will support the community groups we are working with to explore their research questions and help the NMRN team write a research plan around this new way of working.

This is a critical piece of work that will create a step change in how NMRN works and through the project also influence how other museums undertake this sort of research. This role, therefore, will feed into bigger debates around diversity and inclusion and decolonization in museums. This is a real chance to make a difference not only to how museums work, but how our communities are represented.

You will also support the community in gathering first-hand accounts. Your research skills might have been developed through formal study or self-directed learning. You will be good at asking questions and will have the patience to look for the answers. You will enjoy working with other people and finding out about them. You will also be able to draw upon your own lived experiences to appreciate a range of different ideas and perspectives.


We are looking for someone who can demonstrate:

• An understanding of how to carry out research using primary and secondary source material and support the community in developing these skills.
• Knowledge of researching hidden and contentious histories or difficult subjects is an advantage.


The ideal candidate will have experience of:

• Using library catalogues and working with museum collections.
• Undertaking surveys and interviews to gather information.
• Presenting information from research, via reports, or graphically, in tables and charts.
• Working with communities or special interest groups.

As an internship we are looking for a candidate with potential and an eagerness to learn – so if you are interested in this role, but don’t necessarily tick every box, do get in touch for an informal discussion as we are keen to support the right candidate to develop their skills. 

We provide

• The opportunity to be part of a friendly and diverse workplace within a unique heritage environment.
• Discounts at our shops and cafes.
• 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), pro-rata.
• Employee Assistance Programme for employees.
• Digital mental wellbeing resource for you and a ‘plus one’.

To view the role profile, please click here

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Trudie Cole, Head of Programming and Visitor Engagement, by email

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a statement of no more than 1 side of A4 indicating how their knowledge and experience match those specified. Applications should be forwarded to the HR Team at and are required by 5.00pm on Thursday 31 March 2022.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and our responsibility to ensure appropriate safety measures are in place. We would like to assure you that appropriate safety measures are in place and these are reviewed on a regular basis as the safety of our staff 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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