Salary (Grade 5):  £25,700 - £33,350 per annum (dependent upon experience)

Hours: 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday) - permanent

Location: Work across the National Museum of the Royal Navy based in Hartlepool with occasional travel to Gosport, Portsmouth and Belfast

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.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is the UK’s newest national Museum. We are recruiting an experienced Shipwright within the expanding Conservation & Collections team based in Hartlepool. The successful candidate will be part of a friendly, multidisciplinary team of museum professionals, conservators and maritime industry specialists committed to high quality professional work maintaining and conserving historic ships, with a focus on HMS Trincomalee and RML 497.

You will be based at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool with occasional travel to the Museum’s other locations in the UK, including Gosport, Portsmouth and Belfast. Occasional weekend working may be required.

You will work primarily with HMS Trincomalee, a Royal Navy frigate built in India in 1817 and extensively restored in the 1990s. The postholder will also assist with the care of RML 497, a Second World War Rescue Motor Launch recently acquired by the NMRN and requiring restoration for future display at the Hartlepool site. Working alongside the local team, you will be involved in the planning and implementation of the boat’s restoration, which will take place as part of a wider site redevelopment.

Your work will ensure that the NMRN’s Historic Ships are conserved and able to operate effectively and safely. The ships are open all year round as public attractions, so you will also be able to engage with our visitors about the important conservation work that you are undertaking.

Key Opportunities

• Opportunity to be part of the team working on the conservation of our internationally important collection of historic ships.
• Interesting and challenging heritage work with historic ships.


• Specialist knowledge of construction of maritime joinery/shipwright practices, conservation and maintenance of historic ships.
• Qualified to Level 3 City & Guilds Boatbuilding (2463-03) or equivalent.
• Practical working knowledge of Health and Safety, including Working at Height from a MEWP.
• 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).
•  25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays), increasing to 30 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) after 5 years’ service.
• Occupational sick pay.
• Flexible working.
• Employee Assistance Programme.
• Digital mental wellbeing resource for you and a ‘plus one’.
• Free admission to other national museums and attractions within the reciprocal agreement.
• Discounts at our shops and cafes.
• Free and discounted tickets for family and friends.

For further details, or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Richard Atherton Lead Shipwright (Portsmouth) at

To view a copy of the role profile, please click here

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a statement indicating how their knowledge and experience match those specified.  Applications should be forwarded to the HR Team at and are required by 12pm on Friday 20th May 2022. Interviews are expected to be held on site in Hartlepool in early June 2022.

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.

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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Closing date Job type Full-time Remuneration Salary Salary £25,700 - £33,350 per annum (dependent upon experience) Job location North East