SS Great Britain Trust – Collections Officer (Maternity Cover) 
Part time, Fixed Term (9 Months) Hours: 3 ½ days per week 

Reporting to: Head of Collections 
Responsible for: Library and Collections Volunteers 

Part of: The Brunel Institute / Collections and Education Directorate 
Liaison with: Interpretation Team, Marketing Team, Visitor Experience Team, Volunteering Team. 

To carry out collections care activities, collections management processes, facilitate access to the collections (both digitally and physically) and help supervise the David MacGregor Library in the Brunel Institute. 

Main areas: 
1 Provide digital and physical access to the Trust’s Designated Collection. 
2 Manage visitors’ safe use of the Brunel Institute to ensure both their learning and enjoyment, and the safety of the collections. 
3 Supervise the open access sessions Archive in Five and Conservation in Action, creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors. 
4 Follow agreed security processes to ensure the security of the library and object collections, including managing visitors’ physical access to the Brunel Institute. 
5 Produce resources for Library users in a range of formats. 
6 Assist the Head of Collections in maintaining excellent standards of documentation in accordance with Spectrum and ACE Accreditation standards. 
7 Carry out documentation procedures relating to museum objects, including accessioning, photographing and making electronic records for new acquisitions and existing collections. 
8 Assist with the management the Integrated Pest Management System in the Brunel Institute, Dockyard Museum and Being Brunel. 
9 Carry out monthly conservation cleaning of the Archive Vault and Conservation Suite. 
10 Oversee the Library and Collections Volunteers to ensure that work is proceeding at a pace in line with the Collections Plan and to a satisfactory standard. 
11 Develop object history or other files as required. 
12 Produce inventories of objects and other files as required. 
13 Carry out marking and labelling of objects and library materials as required. 
14 Catalogue books for the David MacGregor Library using the Library of Congress system. 
15 Carry out duties in accordance with the Museums Association Code of Ethics and current legislation. 
16 Any other reasonable duties as required, including regular weekend and evening work, and occasional out-of-hours responsibilities. Please note the postholder will be expected to work 3 ½ days a week, including the first two Saturdays of the month when the Brunel Institute is open to visitors. 

Knowledge, skills and experience 


  • Understanding of good practice and experience in documentation work and collection management procedures, including SPECTRUM
  • Commitment to continuing professional development 
  • Excellent time management skills o IT skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel 
  • Initiative and the ability to work unsupervised, with a flexible approach 
  • Ability to respond to changing priorities and competing demands 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Experience of working with collections in a museum/heritage environment 
  • Demonstrable experience of computerised data entry
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging with the public 


  • Knowledge and experience of using the collections management database Axiell Collections
  • Experience of managing volunteers 

How to apply: 

Please go to our website Completed application forms to be sent to 

For further information or an informal discussion about the post please contact Joanna Mathers by email at 

The closing date for applications: 9pm on Monday 19th February. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 27 February. 

The SS Great Britain encourages applications from people of all backgrounds but particularly welcomes applications from candidates from BAME backgrounds as they are under-represented within our organisation.

Closing date Job type Temporary Remuneration Salary Salary £17,850 pro rata Job zone South West Contact Joanna Mathers Contact email