Role/title ESOL Sounding Board Members

Background The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) Greenwich is undergoing a major transformation over the next two years. This early eighteenth century baroque masterpiece was painted by Sir James Thornhill and has been described as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’. The project includes conservation to the building and its artworks and a reworking of how visitors experience the Painted Hall and the site as a whole.


We’re looking for volunteers to join our friendly team and guide our decision making so that we can ensure the ORNC is a fully accessible and inclusive environment for ESOL learners.

Role description

The ESOL Sounding Board will work to improve access within the Painted Hall and the site as a whole for ESOL learners. Building on the success of our existing programme of ESOL workshops, sounding board members will help us expand and improve the offer with particular focus on new resources for the Painted Hall. 

Time commitment

We are looking for people who can:

  • Attend quarterly panel meetings, each lasting 2 hours.
  • Commit to the project for at least one year.
  • Upcoming meeting dates:
    • Tuesday 13 June 2017, 16:30 – 18:30
    • Tuesday 12 September 2017, 16:30 – 18:30
    • Tuesday 5 December 2017, 16:30 – 18:30
    • Tuesday 13 March 2018, 16:30 – 18:30


  • Your contributions will help us make essential changes to ensure that the ORNC and its stories are accessible to more visitors than ever before
  • Invitations to a wide variety of social and behind-the-scenes events, trips and talks
  • Opportunities to learn more about painting conservation and meet a wide range of specialists involved in the project


We’re looking for people who:

  • Have practical experience of the barriers ESOL learners experience in art and cultural venues or educational environments
  • Have an interest in making cultural and creative learning environments accessible for ESOL learners
  • Are happy to share their opinions and ideas with others in a group situation

Training and support

  • Full induction to the ORNC and the Painted Hall Project
  • Travel costs of up to £10 per day reimbursed
  • Ongoing CPD opportunities

Reporting to Community and Outreach Officer and Volunteer Manager

Location Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NN

How to Apply

Please complete the application form and send to by Monday 22 May.

If you would like to find out more before applying why not come along to our Taster Day on Wednesday 17 May at 15:30 or 17:30. Register here.

You can also read the ESOL Sounding Board Constitution.

If you have any questions or would like to have an informal discussion about your thoughts on the role, please contact: Kori Hutchinson, Community and Outreach Officer,, 020 8269 4711.