Master Shipwright, HMS Victory

Salary (grade 7): £39,000 - £47,000 per annum (dependent upon experience); NMRN will also consider contributing towards relocation expenses.

Full-time role: 37.5 hours per week – permanent

Location: National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

The National Museum’s vision is to be the world’s most inspiring Naval Museum: inspiring learning, enjoyment, and engagement with the story of the Royal Navy and its impact in shaping the modern world.

We are recruiting for a full-time Master Shipwright to join the team working on HMS Victory, as part of the Museum Operations Directorate. The Master Shipwright will be joining the team at an exciting stage in the progress of the conservation of HMS Victory, as we embark on a ten-year programme of works to stabilise and preserve the ship.

The work involves management of the Victory’s Shipwright Team to deliver the work to repair Victory’s hull, including replacement of all external planking, from waterline to sheer strake. You will be a senior member of the project team developing and delivering the plan for conservation of the ship. You will bring your skills from similar large timber ship/structure projects and apply them to Victory’s conservation.

Team work and management skills are key aspects of this role to ensure that best-practice is applied to all our work.

Key Opportunities

• Opportunity to manage the programme of shipwright works on HMS Victory which are critical to the future preservation of the ship.
• Be a key member of the team working to improve and develop the conservation approach to HMS Victory, taking responsibility for ensuring the quality of timber required for shipwright works is met.
• Work closely with colleagues in the Conservation team and within Museum Operations, providing advice and/or practical assistance as appropriate.
• Opportunity to be part of the team working on the conservation of our internationally important collection of historic ships, with a focus on HMS Victory.

You will have:

• Specialist knowledge of the construction, conservation and maintenance of timber historic ships or built heritage. You will have knowledge of the technical properties of timber as relevant to ship building.
• Experience of leading a team in timber ship conservation or a comparable large-scale project. Production and use of project documentation.
• Knowledge of Health and Safety requirements.
• Experience of leading, managing and motivating staff.
• A positive attitude and ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team.

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).
• Free onsite parking.
• 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service.
• Flexible working.
• Employee Assistance Programme.
• Digital mental wellbeing resource for you and a ‘plus one’.
• Free admission to other museums and attractions within the reciprocal agreement.
• Discounts at our shops and cafes.
• Free and discounted tickets for family and friends.

Closing date PDF Role Profile - Master Shipwright .pdf Job type Full-time Remuneration Salary Salary £39,000 - £47,000 per annum (dependent upon experience) Job location South Respond

For further details, or an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Andrew Baines, Deputy Executive Director of Museum Operations, at

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 Sunday 29th August 2021. Interviews are expected to be held in September either 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.

Contact Ginny Thomas Contact email