Conservation Volunteer

Greenwich, London (Greater)
05 Oct 2017
16 Oct 2017
Short Term

Royal Museums Greenwich are looking to expand their team of conservation volunteers to help ensure the continued care of its collection. You will be given appropriate training and gain experience in this diverse role. The role encompasses the care of objects on open display and in store, rehousing projects, assisting with areas of preventive conservation and undertaking special maintenance projects.

Being a diverse role, specific tasks may suit some more than others. There will also be tasks that are physically challenging. Our aim is to create a pool of conservation volunteers and utilise your strengths and help you develop areas you may wish to improve.

What the role involves:

  • Assisting with the ‘housekeeping’ of objects on open display within the National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Cutty Sark
  • Object rehousing projects at the newly opened Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, in Kidbrooke
  • Undertaking supervised maintenance projects on large working objects e.g. steam paddle
  • Supporting the Museum’s preventive conservation programme
  • Promoting, through the public programme ‘Conservation in Action’ and through visitor interaction, the role of conservation within a museum environment
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What we’re looking for in our volunteers:

  • An interest in historic collections and a keenness to learn how to take care of them
  • An eye for detail
  • Manual dexterity with good hand-eye coordination
  • An ability to work at heights preferred but not essential
  • Team players with a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • The ability to carry out tasks without supervision
  • Good communication skills especially when interacting with our visitors
  • A proactive approach

What’s in it for you?

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team who share their knowledge with a wide audience
  • Work alongside conservators and store managers
  • Go behind the scenes and handle fascinating objects
  • Gain new skills and learn about the conservation and preservation of museum objects
  • The satisfaction of knowing your skills will help protect a national collection

Travel can be reimbursed up to a limit of £10 per return journey (conditions apply) and there are discounts in our cafes and shops. Please note we are unable to provide parking facilities.

Time Commitment:

We ask our volunteers to commit to a full day on Thursdays, typically from 10.00 to 16.00. We request a commitment of minimum 3 months.

How to apply:

Please apply via RMG’s website and direct any enquiries to

Alternatively you can call RMG’s Volunteer Programme Manager, Helen Webb, on 020 8312 6543.

Closing date Monday 16 October 2017

Short listed candidates will be invited to Taster Sessions planned for 26 October 2017. 

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