Behind the scenes
Where do you fit in?
Our qualified team of gardeners are responsible for the upkeep of our stunning formal gardens and grounds at Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, ensuring that they look their best throughout the year, guaranteeing an unforgettable visit for our thousands of visitors. Duties include weeding, pruning, planting, digging and mowing, using a full range of modern equipment. Another exciting aspect of the work is the opportunity to be involved in the design of planting schemes for the different seasons.
What our people say…
‘My favourite jobs are weeding and edging. I have just designed a bedding scheme and can’t wait to see it turned into reality and to see the visitors’ faces enjoying my creation’
- Craft Gardener, Hampton Court Palace
Our team of highly skilled textile conservators are constantly striving to save our priceless artefacts for future generations. These can include priceless tapestries of 500 years old to Royal evening and wedding dresses. This role involves carrying out hands on conservation care to professional conservation standards. There is also an opportunity to participate in research projects and take part in our visitor-facing ‘Ask the Conservator’ programme, explaining our work to staff, visitors and professionals alike.
Looking after the collections in our care to prevent damage from the environment is an important and essential part of our work at Historic Royal Palaces.
Our qualified team of preventive conservators are responsible for carrying out hands-on collection care practices to professional conservation standards. The team undertake a range of activities such as environmental monitoring and analysis, pest control management and condition reporting. Team members also take part in our visitor-facing ‘Ask The Conservator’ programme, explaining their work to the public, and answering questions.
What our people say…
‘To do this job you need an understanding of conservation, methods of work and how and why we undertake our work. Also, Dedication and patience’
- Preventive Conservator, Hampton Court Palace
Our curatorial team lead the presentation, appearance and development of our palaces, their collections and landscape. The team provides expert guidance throughout our organisation on matters relating to the palaces and the presentation of their collections. The role of curator also incorporates building conservation and the design and development of standards across our palaces in respect of operational and visitor facilities. Our Curators are also responsible for developing and sharing their research into our palaces and communicating their broader historical context to internal and external customers.
What our people say…
‘Each and every day I think -‘ what am I going to find out today', because no two days are ever alike. That’s the beauty of these marvellous buildings: they generously dish up new morsels of interest every time you visit, whether to a visitor or a willing captive like me.’
- Curator, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage
With approximately 200,000 visitors every year, our team of learning producers are responsible for fostering the potential for learning about the palaces, their stories and collections. This challenging role involves the development, planning and delivery of high quality learning programmes on-site, off-site and online, ensuring the content is relevant for the age/audience group.
The learning producers work within the Explorer Team (delivering formal and informal learning for under 19s), the Uncover Team (delivering a range of informal learning content developed for over 19s) or to project manage special initiatives and events to all audiences. They have responsibility for ensuring a breadth of appeal and connections with a wide range of audiences including those with special needs and hard to reach.
Our team of qualified surveyors are responsible for delivering portfolios of high quality construction and maintenance projects to conserve the fabric across all of our palaces. The role of surveyor involves identifying maintenance needs and providing high-level technical advice, as well as contributing to the development of building conservation plans, policy and strategy, managing external relationships and actively promoting Historic Royal Palace's conservation activities and expertise, so a great deal of project management is required.
In order to preserve Historic Royal Palaces for generations to come, we aim to encourage more people to join us, partner us, and share in our passion for our heritage in order to preserve our past for the future. Our fundraising team work closely in the delivery of each strand of fundraising including the Corporate development programme, Patrons, Membership and Donor Schemes and an annual programme of fundraising events.
There are various opportunities within our finance team, including accounts receivables and payables, site sales, systems, travel trade and treasury functions. All these roles play an essential part in managing the income, budgets and revenue of our charity.