ss Great Britain Costumed Interpreter Volunteer

Cost: N/A

Organiser: ss Great Britain

Brunel’s ss Great Britain needs you!!

Volunteers play an important part in all that we do – from explaining how we care for the precious items in our collections to guiding people around the ship and even playing the piano!

We’re looking for enthusiastic and confident individuals to join our Costumed Interpretation Volunteers team, to help bring to life the stories of the ss Great Britain’s crew and passengers!


Purpose of the role: There are two main tasks in this role: to bring the story of the ss Great Britain’s crew to life for visitors and to support the “Go Aloft” climbing experience during the Summer.


Main activities: Costume Volunteers will be in historical costume but are asked to interact with visitors as themselves, rather than in character.

There are many ways in which you could bring history to life on the ship:

 Describing what life would have been like for the crew of the ss Great Britain

 Answering visitors’ questions and providing accurate information in a lively and engaging way

 Demonstrate historical activities on-board the ship, inviting families and visitors to join in

 Using handling objects to help visitors understand what life would have been like

 Talking to visitors about the “Go Aloft” experience and encouraging people to have a go.


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 the work and life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Volunteer Role Description Costumed Interpretation Volunteer: Seaman

 A social and training programme, with opportunities and events throughout the year.

 Behind the scenes access to the collections

 The chance to make new friends and to be part of a vibrant team

 The chance to meet varied and interesting people from all walks of live

 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 will all of the training and information that you need. We are looking for people who:

 Are happy wearing historical costume and engaging with visitors in an interactive and vibrant way

 Have an interest in Victorian and maritime history 

Are willing to undertake training related to the role and carry out some research into their character. Staff will support you with this

 Are friendly, approachable and confident in a busy 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

 Are able to volunteer for a morning or afternoon session per week.


As a Costumed Interpretation Volunteer you will be supervised by Simon Strain, Active Interpretation Manager. The “Go Aloft” experience is run and maintained by trained staff. Your role is to encourage people to take part: staff are responsible for health and safety. Volunteers are an important part of the organisation and play a vital role in enhancing the work of the Trust. We are committed to providing volunteering opportunities of a high standard.

In the next few weeks, we will be unveiling a new Costumed Role, which we would love you to get involved in!

Watch this space, and visit our website for more information.


Ready to take the next step? If you would like to join our crew or have any questions please get in touch by completing an enquiry form, available at

You can contact Emily Poulter, Volunteer Administrator at / 0117 922 5737.

We would love to hear from you!


ss Great Britain



Contact Details

ss Great Britain Volunteering

0117 922 5737

Opportunity title: ss Great Britain Costumed Interpreter Volunteer
Expiry Date: 2018-03-18T17:00:00+01:00