We really value what our volunteers do here at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. They give their time, energy, knowledge and passion everyday and really make a difference!

Why volunteer?

You could learn exciting new skills, meet new people and stay active in historic surroundings. There are plenty of reasons to become a volunteer for one of the UK's leading maritime attractions.

Part of a team

Whether you're looking to help in the day-to-day running of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, connect with the public or get up close and personal with our ships and their incredible artefacts, we have something for everyone.

Get stuck in!

If you’d like to become one, you can take part in our taster days – so register your interest and become part of something amazing!

Volunteering on HMS Warrior

Derek, Pauline and Bill can be found on HMS Warrior most weeks! Don't miss out on meeting the team and asking plenty of questions.

Volunteering on HMS Victory

Roger and Barbara welcome guests with a warm smile on-board HMS Victory. Often in costume, our volunteers offer their knowledge to visitors everyday - making a real difference.

What makes a volunteer?

At Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, we’re always being asked questions about ‘what makes a volunteer’– so we thought we’d answer them for you.

Almost anything you want to do or can think of! If you have a specific interest we will try and place you where you want to be, whether that's collections, conservation or working with the general public.
That's up to you. You can volunteer on any day of the week and at any time. Whilst some volunteering takes place during office hours, you can also volunteer at the weekends too, depending on what you want to do.
You can be any age to volunteer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. We have students from local colleges, right up to our oldest volunteers who are in their 80s and 90s.
Absolutely! We have many different groups of people including married couples and friends. Some volunteering is usually done in groups, so two or more people could easily join together.
Yes, we like to find out which attraction/s you would like to work on and what you would like to do. Volunteering with us is a two-way relationship, we love working with you and hope you get something back in return.
Yes, you can. The benefits regulations are clear that you can volunteer.
We don't usually hold formal interviews but we do like to have an informal chat with you. This gives you and us the chance to assess each other and an opportunity to ask questions.
Not always. Some very skilled work may demand qualifications, and we will always give you training to be able to do the work
Yes, of course. You are under no obligation to keep volunteering. However, it is always worth talking to somebody about this first.