Ship’s Cook Costumed Ambassador

22 June 2022

22 June 2022

The multi award-winning Brunel’s SS Great Britain is recruiting for a new Costumed Ambassador role of Ship’s Cook to promote our exciting summer 2022 programming.

We are Bristol’s leading visitor attraction and rated as one of the top 10 museums in the UK. With over 100 staff, more than 250 volunteers and approximately 200,000 visitors per year, the SS Great Britain Trust is a rewarding and enjoyable place to work.

At this exciting time for the Trust, never has there been a better time to become part of our success. Based on Bristol’s iconic floating harbour, we work together to conserve and showcase one of the most iconic ships in the world, whilst telling the story and legacy of one of the greatest engineers that ever lived.

Our working culture is collaborative, friendly and inclusive and everyone at the SS Great Britain Trust is encouraged to learn and grow with the company.

We are committed to championing a diverse and inclusive working environment and we appoint individuals based solely on their applicable skills, knowledge, experience, and attitude.



Daily Rate:
Variable – £90 per short session (2 hours); £150 per session (approx. 4 ½ hours); £200 for full day. Plus travel expenses (max £30 per session)

Hours: Various – A combination of half and full days between 16 July and 7 August totalling approx. 5 days, including the Bristol Harbour Festival on 16-17 July. You will also be required for a half day training session w/c 11 July and a day of filming and photography on 18 July. In addition, you may be asked to be available for extra ad-hoc dates during August based on your availability.

It’s a summer job like no other! The multi award-winning Brunel’s SS Great Britain is recruiting for a new Costumed Ambassador role of Ship’s Cook to promote our exciting summer 2022 programming through a series of live public events and online digital content.

We are looking for a lively, confident, and passionate communicator able to inhabit the Ship’s Cook character with warmth, energy, and authenticity. Outstanding public engagement skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences is essential.

A sense of fun and a willingness to learn about the history of food aboard the SS Great Britain is vital, as is previous acting, improvised performance, or costumed interpretation experience.

SS Great Britain Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications for this role from all suitably qualified performers. We especially welcome applications from actors of African-Caribbean heritage as historic evidence suggests some of the ship’s cooks came from the Caribbean.



Please read the full role description here.

Applications should be sent to and must include:

  1. A short cover letter explaining how you meet the person specification and why you want the role
  2. An up-to-date acting CV
  3. Audition task – a video of yourself talking to camera in character. Please choose a food item from your kitchen and introduce/describe it and entice the audience to try it themselves. Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds. We encourage you to be as creative as possible in your submission.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Wednesday 29 June

Interview date: Monday 4 July

The appointment process will involve a panel interview and an audition task performed before a live audience.


SS Great Britain is committed to diversifying our audiences and workforce. We actively encourage applications from candidates from groups under-represented in our organisation including; Black, Asian and minority ethnic, Disabled people.