South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Costumed Volunteers - SS Great Britain Trust

Inspire and engage visitors to the SS Great Britain by bringing the story of the ship and her passengers to life in an interesting and relevant way.Purpose of the role: To inspire and engage visitors to the SS Great Britain by bringing 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 and interact with visitors as yourself. In your role as a sailor, or a steerage passenger or 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 on board ship
  • Describing the types of people who travelled on the ship and discussing their reasons for travelling
  • 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

Please complete the 'Volunteer Enquiry Form' on our website:

Organisation name: SS Great Britain Trust

Contact name: Andy Hancock

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01179260680

Contact website:

Type: Volunteering

Location: Bristol, BS1 6TY

Deadline for completed applications: Tuesday 31 December 2019

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