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Salary £24,000-28,000 per annum (full time, permanent)

We are looking to recruit a Conservator who can undertake conservation treatment, as well as manage preventative conservation for Trust’s extensive collections spanning over 400-years of maritime history.

It is an exciting time to join the Collections Team, as we work to deliver a new programme of permanent galleries and exhibitions, as well as improve our collections stores. As a core member of the Collections Team, the Conservator will manage the Trust’s collections stores, prepare objects for display, and advise on display conditions.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a brand-new conservation laboratory, as well as collaborate with others across the organisation, including staff and volunteers, and with the historic vessels.

The Trust’s collections are varied and include manuscripts, printed books, photographs, models, textiles, archaeology, ordnance, boats, tools, art, vehicles, and ships.  The Conservator will have a good understanding of museum conservation and will need to be able to work with objects with varied materials. In addition, the Conservator will have the ability to work well under pressure to meet tight project deadlines.

How to apply

Applications should be made using the form provided below but should be supported by a full CV and cover letter (maximum length, one side A4) indicating your interest in the role.

The closing date for applications is 19th November 2021 with interviews taking place w/c 29th November 2021.

Completed application forms can be emailed to or posted to:

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

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:

We are an equal opportunities employer and 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 and are committed to ensuring that our recruitment process is transparent, fair and as inclusive as possible for all applicants.

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