Volunteer With Us

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the SS Great Britain.

To apply for a volunteering role, please email an enquiry form to: volunteering@ssgreatbritain.org

To find out more about the volunteering roles available and to meet some of the team, come to our volunteer taster day on 8 June, 10am-12pm.

To register your place, please email: volunteering@ssgreatbritain.org before 1 June.

Visitor Experience

Visitor Experience Volunteers welcome visitors to the SS Great Britain and engage them across the site, bringing to life the story of the ship and the passengers and crew who travelled on her.

We particularly need people who can volunteer on weekday afternoons, weekends and school holidays.

Costumed Interpretation Volunteer

Our Costumed Interpretation Volunteers wear period costume on board the ship and in our museums and help bring the SS Great Britain’s stories to life for our visitors.



Inspire schools and families with the history of the SS Great Britain, with a fun and interactive approach.

Our Education Assistant Volunteers help inspire the next generation, through creative, hands-on workshops for schools. These workshops have been designed to engage young people with the history of the ship using fun and interactive approaches and activities. As a volunteer you would enhance these workshops and support the workshop leaders by ensuring the children enjoy the workshops and their visits.

We particularly need people who can volunteer on Wednesdays during term time.


Library & Collections

Our Library Volunteers are the public face of the Library and support the Trust by improving access to the Collection as well as ensuring visitors have an enjoyable experience.



By joining our curatorial team as a Museum Collection Volunteer you will assist with the cataloguing of the SS Great Britain Trust’s collection.

Community & Engagement

Support us to become a more connected and inclusive museum community.

Community Engagement Volunteers support the delivery of onsite and offsite events, activities and projects with a variety of groups from across Bristol.  We aim to keep on building relationships with and learning from the communities that make up our city.  We’d like to find new ways that our collections and the stories of Brunel and the SS Great Britain can be of value to people across geography, age, disability, gender, sexuality, faith, socio-economic background and ethnicity.

Please note that this role is ad-hoc and less commitment than the other roles.

Technical Services

Develop and share technical skills to ensure the site is ship-shape for our visitors.


Volunteers support with the presentation and maintenance of the ship’s weather deck to enhance the visitor experience.


Musician volunteers further bring the experience on the ship to life. We would love for someone to play the piano (or another instrument from the period i.e. harpist) in the Promenade saloon. Shift times would be 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00, but we would be happy for ad-hoc help too. 


We also have some ad-hoc volunteer roles available, including: Holiday activities, discovery talks, tour guiding, and assisting with evening events. Get in touch to find out more!