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SS Great Britain Costumed Volunteer

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The purpose of the role is to inspire and engage visitors to the SS Great Britain an award-winning museum and historic ship and Bristol's leading visitor attraction. Costumed Volunteers bring the story of the ship and her passengers to life in an interesting and relevant way.


Main activities:

As a Costumed Interpretation Volunteer you will wear period costume but interact with visitors as yourself. Your role might be a sailor on the weather deck, or a passenger who travelled in steerage, the lowest class of accommodation on board, or even Mr Brunel's chief clerk. There are many ways in which you will bring the history of the ship to life including:


  • Describing what life would have been like for the passengers and crew of the SS Great Britain
  • Describing the types of people who travelled and discussing their reasons for doing so
  • Answering visitors’ questions and providing accurate information in a lively and engaging way
  • Using handling objects to help visitors understand what life would have been like for passengers travelling on board during the 19th Century
  • Demonstrating historical activities on board the ship, inviting families and visitors to join in

What the SS Great Britain can offer:

  • A fun and engaging role where you get the chance to dress in historical costume
  • The chance to learn the fascinating history of the ship and her passengers
  • A social and training programme with opportunities and events throughout the year
  • The chance to make new friends and to be part of a vibrant team
  • A reference when you have been volunteering with us regularly for over six months


About you: 

No prior experience is necessary, we will provide you with the costume and all of the training and information that you need. We are looking for people who:


  • Are happy wearing historical costume and interacting with visitors in an engaging way
  • Have an interest in Victorian or maritime history and sharing their passion with others
  • Are willing to undertake training related to the role and carry out some research into their character with staff support
  • Are friendly, approachable and confident in a busy public environment
  • Are enthusiastic about working with our visitors of all ages and backgrounds
  • Want to share their passion for history in an engaging and interactive way
  • Can volunteer for at least a morning or afternoon session per week
  • Please note: all costumed roles are open to both male and female volunteers


Interested? Go to our volunteer pages on the SS Great Britain website and complete an enquiry form.  We will then invite you along to a recruitment event so you can visit the ship, meet other staff and volunteers and find a role that suits you.

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Required Role

SS Great Britain Costumed Volunteer

Key responsibilities

Engaging visitors with the history of the SS Great Britain Wearing period historical costume

Mandatory SkillsHide[-]

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Non-discriminatory
  • Positive attitude
  • Public Speaking

Desirable Skills

  • Initiative
  • Team Work
  • Self Management

Skill to gain

  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Positive attitude
  • Public Speaking
  • Self Management

When can you do this role/Calendar

Minimum commitment level: Once a week

Start Date: 04-06-2019

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Bristol BS1 6TY, UK

To one-click apply for this opportunity you need to have completed the following:

  • You need to have an active account on this website
  • You need to have an active volunteering account
  • You need to have fully completed the volunteering profile set-up