Volunteers needed for HMS M33 project at Royal Navy museum

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OPPORTUNITIES for volunteers to work on board the only surviving ship from the First World War Gallipoli Campaign are now available.

Opening in August 2015, HMS M33 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the only ship from the Great War to be open to the public in time for her centenary.

As the team at the National Museum of the Royal Navy prepares the ship to welcome visitors, they require an army of volunteers to get involved with every aspect of her launch, from conservation and education, to interpretation and even tour guides.

Volunteers do not require a background in history or any specialist knowledge of ships, but an interest in the historic dockyard will help, the museum says.

It is looking for people over 18 years of age with a variety of skills, experience and knowledge to join from next month and will offer training workshops and a flexible range of shifts.

Alice Roberts, volunteer co-ordinator at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: ‘Volunteering with the M33 project allows you to get hands on and be a part of history.

‘She’s a rare and special ship and a reminder of the unheard stories of the First World War.

‘As well as learning new skills and meeting new people, the work is very rewarding. I began my career as a volunteer and believe it’s an essential way of protecting our valuable heritage as well as being interesting and enjoyable.’

The National Museum of the Royal Navy expect volunteers to be involved across the whole HMS M33 project, and welcome questions and expressions of interest.

Anyone interested in getting involved or wanting to find out more about the opportunities available can contact volunteer coordinator, Alice Roberts, at alice.roberts@nmrn.org.uk or calling (023) 9272 7591.

Built in 1915, HMS M33 was designed for coastal bombardment. Her first active operation was the support of the British landings at Suvla during the Battle of Gallipoli in August 1915, which lasted for eight months and was regarded as one of the biggest failures for the Allied forces during the First World War.