Role Description: Painted Hall Project Volunteer - Below Deck Supporter


The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) 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 Project Volunteer.

Time commitment

Minimum half day a week for 6 months. Some weekend hours will be required on a rota system, and availability to attend all training dates prior to commencement of tours which will start from mid-February 2016. 

We anticipate being able to host Taster Days for prospective volunteers on Monday 28th November from 10:30 – 13:30, Wednesday 30th November 17:30-20:00 and Saturday 3rd December 13:00 – 16:00. Prospective volunteers would be expected to attend one of these events.

Responsible to

Visitor Experience Manager/ Team leaders/Volunteer Coordinator



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 scaffolding 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 scaffolding tours.


Meet the conservators and increase your knowledge and understand of conservation, Become part of a friendly dedicated and new team. Meet people from all walks of life and make new friends. Enjoy new experiences whilst sharing a passion for history and the ORNC.  Receive support and training to carry out the role. Take part in celebratory events. Discounts in shop 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


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.

Deadline for Submissions: Monday 21st November

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