Explore the latest job and volunteer opportunities at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC).

Research Curator (supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in Greenwich is looking for an 18th century British art specialist for a Research Curator role to run alongside Phase II of the Painted Hall Conservation project. The appointed person will draw together and augment existing research on Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734), exploring his work at the Painted Hall in Greenwich and elsewhere with a view to fostering a better understanding of the artist, his influences and working techniques and informing the conservation, learning and interpretation elements of the project.

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is one of the most important and inspiring ensembles in European baroque architecture, comprising the work of architects John Webb, Sir Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart - as well as Sir James Thornhill's Painted Hall, the most extensive and effective baroque figurative scheme in England.  The ORNC is currently working with the HLF on a transformational project of conservation and on improved visitor routes, activities and interpretation. 

The new Research Curator will be based in the Conservation Department, the Director of which is also acting as Project Director.  They will also work closely with the Public Engagement team which incorporates Learning, Community, Interpretation and Visitor Experience. 

For the job description and person specification, please download the job description (pdf 189kb)

To apply for this role please send your CV and a covering letter to Sarah Whitnall at to arrive no later than 12noon on Thursday 5th February 2015.  In your covering letter please state why you are applying for the role and how your past experience and skills make you a suitable candidate. 

Closing date: 12noon on Thursday 5th February 2015

Interview date: Wednesday 18th February  

Freelance Prospect Researcher (3 days per week)

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is seeking to appoint an exceptional Freelance Prospect Research Manager who will help us to develop, implement and maintain a long term prospect research strategy, which will support the fundraising team achieving the £1m Catalyst and the £7m Painted Hall campaigns.

The ORNC is an iconic landmark at the heart of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and is recognised both locally and throughout the world. Safeguarded by the Greenwich Foundation, the ORNC is open to the public free of charge throughout the year. We welcome over 1.8 million visitors each year and our award-winning education programme attracts some 9,000 learners annually. 

In 2013 the ORNC completed a major conservation project, which saw the Upper Hall of the Painted Hall restored to its original beauty. Over the next three years the ORNC is seeking funding to conserve the remaining areas of the Painted Hall.

This major £7 million campaign is well under way with several grants already secured. The Heritage Lottery Fund has recently awarded us a first-round pass with a view to giving a £2.77m grant towards the project. We are also in discussion with a range of charitable trusts and a number of individuals with a commitment to conservation and architecture.

Furthermore, in June 2012 the ORNC was awarded a £1 million Catalyst Endowment grant by the DCMS/HLF as part of a matched funding scheme, which ends in June 2016. Over the next two years we have a challenge to raise remaining £630,000 matched funds in order to release the Catalyst Endowment grant for the future maintenance costs of the Painted Hall and the Chapel. 

To help the ORNC reach the two main targets, we are currently seeking an experienced Prospect Research Manager with significant knowledge and experience, preferably within arts, charity or higher education sectors, to work with the fundraising team at the ORNC.
This role involves working with the fundraisers and other senior staff on a range of research projects related to the two fundraising campaigns. 

This is a part time (3 days per week) post offered on a fixed term contract for 3 years, available immediately. 

Interested candidates are requested to send CV with a brief (max 2 pages A4) covering letter outlining their suitability based on the person’s specification as outlined in the job description. Download the job description (PDF 166kb) 

Salary: £150 per day (3 days per week)

Please send via e-mail to: Sarah Whitnall on

Closing date: 26 January 2015

Activity Plan Consultant

The Old Royal Naval College is seeking to appoint a consultant/consultancy firm to work collaboratively with staff to develop an Activity Plan and Action Plan as part of a stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the conservation of the Painted Hall – the largest and 'most complete realisation of Baroque scenography in an English interior.' Delivered between 1708 and 1727, the Painted Hall was decorated by Sir James Thornhill, the first English artist to be knighted for his work.

For more information please download this document. (pdf 385KB)

Interpretation and Visitor Journey Designer

The Old Royal Naval College seeks an Interpretation and Visitor Journey Designer to work closely with the appointed project team on the Painted Hall Conservation Project, a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  As a first stage the appointed designer will build on existing research, developing detailed interpretation proposals, working them up as part of the stage II application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Subject to a successful stage II HLF grant offer and satisfactory performance, the Interpretation Designer would be retained to implement the proposals.

For more information please download this document. (pdf 180KB)

Visitor Experience Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to assist our Visitor Experience team in the day-to-day delivery of front of house services. Volunteers will be based in Discover Greenwich, the Painted Hall and Chapel and will ensure all visitors have a warm welcome and the best possible experience at the ORNC.

Main contact: Visitor Experience department
Commitment: Minimum of three months required, minimum of half a day per week – hours and times negotiable

If you are interested in this opportunity with us, please read the full Visitor Experience Volunteer role description (pdf, 118KB). Download our Visitor Experience Volunteer application form (doc, 71KB) and return it to or post it to 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10 9LW.

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