Volunteer guides and crew needed!

Posted on 30/04/21 by The Matthew of Bristol

Do you have an interest in Bristol’s maritime history? Maybe some knowledge of sailing? The Matthew of Bristol is largely maintained and run by a dedicated crew of volunteers and we’re now looking for physically fit guides and crew to join us on board.


About The Matthew

The Matthew of Bristol is a fully working reconstruction medieval ship based in Bristol’s historic Harbourside. Built between 1994-1996 to mark the 500th anniversary of John Cabot’s famous 1497 voyage from Bristol to Newfoundland, in 1997 the ship and its crew re-enacted this epic voyage.

Today, The Matthew is a much-loved part of Bristol’s maritime heritage, owned by registered charity The Matthew of Bristol Trust. With a busy schedule of public boat trips, film and festival work, corporate and celebratory events, all profits made from our public and private trips are used to maintain the ship and its legacy.


Volunteer duties

As part of the crew, you will be greeting all visitors when they arrive at The Matthew, providing information and inviting them to explore all areas of the ship which are open to them. Our volunteer crew members are also fully trained in all aspects of personal and passenger safety, ropework, mooring and unmooring, and using emergency equipment.

No experience is necessary as full training will be given.


Location and hours

The Matthew of Bristol is based mainly in Bristol Harbour. When not out on a trip, the ship is open to visitors from Tuesday–Sunday between 10am and 4pm during the summer and on weekends from 10am to 4pm in the winter.

Days on duty will be arranged by mutual agreement.


How to apply

If you'd like to get involved and are available to volunteer on a regular basis, please send your details to The Matthew of Bristol office at info@matthew.co.uk for more information.


We look forward to hearing from you!

The Matthew volunteers 2017

Photo credit: Colin Coombes