£19,500 per annum

Contract type:

Contract Permanent


Full time



Live Interpretation Assistant

Live Interpretation Assistant

£19,500 per annum

Band E / L3

The Royal Armouries cares for one of the world’s oldest museum collections, housed at its headquarters and flagship museum in Leeds, its historic home at the Tower of London, and the Victorian Fort Nelson in Hampshire.

We’re looking for a keen, audience-focussed live interpreter, ideally with stage combat experience, to join our Live Interpretation Team in Leeds.

The successful candidate will learn and perform a range of historic combat choreographies, live interpretive performances, tours and demonstrations as part of a daily and special event programme designed to bring our national, iconic and unique collection to life. He or she will also work with our world-class Collections team to enhance their knowledge and understanding of original arms and armour from antiquity to the modern day.

Live costumed historic interpretation in museums is one of the toughest forms of theatre. You have to earn and keep a fluid, transient audience with widely differing needs with every performance, every day. The successful candidate will therefore be a versatile, adaptive and resilient performer and communicator; will ideally have studied drama and stage combat; and will be an enthusiastic learner too! If this sounds like you, please download and send in an application form. The assessments will take place and will include a selective audition, a workshop and an interview over one full day.

This is a full time position working 36 hours per week, 5 days out of 7. Weekend, Bank Holiday and evening working will be required regularly.


Access to the discounted bicycles via Bike2Work scheme
Access to free EAP services via the (Employee Assistance Program)
27.5 days holiday plus additional Bank Holidays
Company sick pay scheme
Discounted staff car parking
25% off staff shop
10% off food in on-site café
Pension scheme max employer contribution is 9%
Access to free on-line learning

A Enhanced Disclosure and other security checks will be requested in the event of a successful application. However, a criminal record may not necessarily be a bar to employment. Any decision made would depend upon the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offence.

Closing date for applications: 28th August 2022

Interview date: w/c 12th September 2022

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