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Full time. Permanent. Salary: c. £28,000 to £30,000 per annum.

Interpretation Officer

At The Historic Dockyard Chatham, we are passionate about creating memorable experiences to share our extraordinary story. Our dedicated team is committed to delivering excellence in every detail and we are seeking an Interpretation Officer to join our dynamic team and do the same.

It is an exciting time to be joining the Collections Department at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. 2024 marks 40 years since the working Dockyard closed and four decades since the creation of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. In our anniversary year, we will be remembering the devastating impact the closure of the Dockyard had on Medway, celebrating the achievements of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust in preserving the former Royal Dockyard and giving everyone the opportunity to engage in our story now and in the future.

We will be opening the doors to a newly refreshed No.1 Smithery, which will include a transformed visitor welcome, improved access for all users and enhanced display of the Imperial War Museums and Royal Museums Greenwich collections.

We work with a wide range of partners to deliver exciting programmes of temporary exhibitions each year. The 2024 calendar includes headline exhibitions RNLI 200, commemorating the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s 200th anniversary; National Historic Ships Photography Competition; and a brand new exhibition from world famous artist Ralph Steadman. 2024 also marks the 80th anniversary of the commissioning of HMS CAVALIER.

We are seeking an Interpretation Officer to delve into our vast collections and help us tell our unique story to visitors in our galleries and historic ships and to our digital audiences via our Collections Online. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in developing our temporary exhibition programme, working closely with the wider Collections team and Programming team as well as with designers, contractors and external partners to deliver incredible experiences for our visitors.

how to apply

If you are interested in joining our team and wish to apply for this vacancy, please complete our application form and send it back to us along with a copy of your CV by Monday 4 December 2023.

Completed application forms can be emailed to or posted to:

Kerry Childs
Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
The Fitted Rigging House
The Historic Dockyard

Please note, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to contact all unsuccessful candidates.

It’s all in the detail

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please take time to read the job description and person specification.

You can download the application form by clicking on the link below.

If you require assistance in completing the form or need to make your application in an alternative format, please contact Kerry Childs on 01634 823800 or email:

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Feeling a little unsure?

Not sure if you meet all of the qualifications? Let us make that decision.

Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend not to apply for jobs when they feel like they don’t meet every qualification, when often they do. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Equal Opportunities

As part of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we aim to ensure a balance of representation and lived experience across our teams. We are committed to providing our employees with a work environment free from discrimination in which all can develop and thrive.

We acknowledge and value the benefits of a diverse workforce and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. The application process aims to ensure that no real or perceived barriers exist and we are committed to ensuring the process is transparent, fair and as inclusive as possible for all applicants.