Boathouse 4 Volunteer

Boathouse 4 is located in one of the oldest and most historic parts of the Historic Dockyard. Few visitors realise that we have been building wooden boats here for hundreds of years.

Would you like to join our wonderful team of volunteers?

Do you love Portsmouth, Wooden boats and our Naval Heritage?

Could you tell visitors the story of Boathouse 4?

Boathouse 4 is a FREE attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team

Our volunteers get involved in;

- The conservation and restoration of small boats from the Portsmouth Naval Base’s collection that come to us for repair or restoration, Including the restoration of the Armed Steam Cutter 26 built in 1910 and Foxtrot 8 a 1959 landing craft used in the Falklands Conflict and Building a Coastal Motor Boat 4 - Motor Torpedo Boat from scratch all of which are projects funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.

- ​ Leading a daily tour of our workshop floor telling visitors about the work underway. Research projects on the boats in our care, including creating interpretation for our visitors.

- Telling our visitors about the significance and history of small boats in the Royal Navy and building boats in Boathouses 4,5,6,7. Demonstrate aspects of woodworking/boatbuilding or ropemaking to visitors – Training can be provided.

-Providing a welcoming atmosphere whilst interacting with our visitors.

- Crew our fleet of operational boats. 



A willingness to get involved and a passion for historic boats.


  • Limited Physical Access
    There are some limitations due to the nature of the work but please talk to us.
  • No criminal record (DBS) check required
  • Not suitable for under 18's

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

A normal day begins at 10am and finishes anytime between 3-5pm but we can be flexible if this does not work for you. Please note that restoration work does not happen at weekends.


19 College Road (PP26)
H M Naval Base

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