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Director of the Brunel Institute (Collections & Conservation Director)

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Reporting to: Director & Chief Executive

Responsible for: Deputy Director of the Brunel Institute (Education & STEM Director) and professional Curatorial, Conservation, Research and Education staff and volunteers, and others as required

Responsibility: To manage and deliver successfully, the collections management, conservation, research and education functions of the Trust through the Brunel Institute

Salary: c.£55k plus benefits

Hours: 36.25 per week

Location: Bristol


Aims: To deliver the established aims and objectives of the SS Great Britain Trust through its museum, conservation, research, learning and outreach services. Contribute to the development and delivery of the Brunel Institute as an outstanding brand, public education hub, collections management, and knowledge and research centre. 

Main areas:

1. In close conjunction with the CEO and the Executive Management Team, identify, create, review, lead and drive outstanding delivery in all aspects of the Trust’s conservation, collections, research and education goals.

2. Forge and lead an effective and well-trained staff team for the delivery of the aims, and actively contribute to the Executive Management Team.

3. Manage the delivery of an excellent accredited museum, research and conservation service in line with the strategic plan and the audience development plans.

4. Support and manage the Deputy Director of the Brunel Institute in the delivery of an outstanding Learning and Outreach Service, including safeguarding and protecting expertise.

5. In conjunction with senior colleagues as appropriate, pro-actively manage these functional areas within the framework of policies and strategic plans, and to agreed quality standards: collecting and collections management, conservation, and conservation science/engineering, collections access, Brunel Institute stakeholders, accreditation, designation, safeguarding, National Brunel Network, academic relationships and network, education and learning, outreach, Future Brunels, special exhibitions, library services, authentic content development in all media, hidden stories discovery, research and research publication and knowledge development.

6. Lead the development and delivery of outstanding expertise and best practice in ship, boat and maritime collections conservation at the Trust.

7. Ensure the Trust maintains accredited museum, and Designated Collection status, and proactively manage the Designated collections to maximise both use within the Trust and access to them by visitors of all kinds

8. Lead and nurture existing and future educational, conservation, research and curatorial staff, and encourage their professional development.

9. Identify and nurture external partnerships and initiatives, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

10. Liaising closely with the Creative Director, develop, and ensure the authenticity and accuracy, of new stories and content for dissemination through all communication channels and interpretation.

11. Work with and advise the CEO on raising the profile and perception of the Brunel Institute to visitors, educators and researchers as a high quality, learning oriented organisation.

12. Embody the values of the Trust in all activities and behaviours.

13. Manage the delegated budgets.

14. In conjunction with the Director & Chief Executive, represent the SS Great Britain Trust at appropriate at events or fora.

15. Carry out duties in accordance with the code of ethics for museum professionals and current legislation.

16. Any other reasonable duties as required, including occasional weekend and evening work, and occasional out of hours responsibilities (for which there is time in lieu).


The SS Great Britain encourages applications from people of all backgrounds but particularly welcomes applications from candidates from BAME backgrounds as they are under-represented within our organisation.

How to apply: If you think you can meet these requirements and are excited by joining a winning team please send your covering letter and cv to

The closing date for this role has now passed.