If you are interested in volunteering for our Painted Hall Project we would love to hear from you. We have two roles, Above Deck Explainer and Below Deck Supporter. 

Background:   The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College is undertaking the second phase of a major conservation of the Painted Hall, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will run from October 2016 – January 2019. They will be conserving and restoring the vast lower hall ceiling and it is one of the most ambitious conservation projects of a painted historic interior ever undertaken.   As part of this exciting two-year project, we are offering the opportunity to become a Painted Hall Conservation Project Volunteer


Time commitment:     Half day a week for 6 months. Some weekend hours will be required on a rota system, and availability to attend all training dates which will start from beginning of February 2018


Responsible to: Visitor Experience Manager/ Team leaders/Volunteer Manager


Relationship:  Ambassadors


Main Purpose:    Working as part of the project team, you will act as key personnel for the conservation project and ensure that visitors to the Painted Hall have an enjoyable, interesting and safe visit. Visitors will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in ceiling tours which will take them right to the top of the scaffold enabling them to get up close to such a unique project.


We are looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to help us engage diverse audiences in the conservation process. You will assist the visitor experience department throughout the project in the day to day operations required to manage and deliver their public ceiling tours.


Opportunities:     Meet the conservators and increase your knowledge and understand of conservation, Become part of a friendly dedicated team. Meet people from all walks of life and make new friends. Enjoy new experiences whilst sharing a passion for history and the old Royal Naval College.  Receive support and training to carry out the role. Take part in celebratory events. Discounts in shops and cafes on site.


Key Tasks:

  • To attend a series of training sessions to prepare you for the role, and maintain and attend regular ongoing training as part of the role
  • Become familiar with and then follow the ORNC’s Health and Safety Policy at all times
  • Welcome visitors to the Painted Hall
  • Direct visitors to start of tour area and help preparation of each tour
  • Answer visitor queries,
  • Engage and share knowledge with visitors about the project
  • Encourage visitors to interact with resources.
  • Communicate key fundraising messages to visitors
  • Support heritage craft skills activities


  • Stay up to date with project developments
  • Carry out visitor surveys for the evaluation of the project


Training and Support:   Full induction and comprehensive training programme

Travel costs of up to £10 per day will be reimbursed based on return tickets/Oyster card receipts £3.50 towards lunch for a five hour shift or more


Location:    Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LW


Person Specification


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Have an interest/enthusiasm for history and/or history of art
  • Interested in working with a wide variety of people



  • Enthusiastic approach and interest in the aims and objectives of the project
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Good organisational skills,
  • Conscientious and punctual
  • This role is available to all levels of fitness as there is no requirement to access the scaffolding if you are unable.



At the Old Royal Naval College, we believe that the welfare of children and vulnerable adults is paramount. We will ensure that all children and vulnerable adults who engage with our services are safe and protected. Our commitment to safeguarding excellence can been seen through how we train and support all our staff and volunteers, and how any concerns about the safety of children and vulnerable adults are managed.


If you are interested in volunteering for our Painted Hall Project we would love to hear from you. We have two roles, Above Deck Explainer and Below Deck Supporter. 

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