Volunteer role description

LCT Navigator: Role Profile

Background

In late autumn 2019 Landing Craft 7074 arrives in Southsea.

We need your help to volunteer to tell the story of LCT 7074, a D-Day hero.

What is LCT’s story?

LCT 7074 was built specifically for D-Day and was launched on 4 April 1944, just two months before the planned landings. Despite bad weather on D-Day forcing her back out to sea, LCT returned to land at 09:30 with the rising tide on the 7 June. Nine of the ten tanks successfully made it ashore and on 12 June 1944.

After the war, no longer needed for active service, the function of the LCT took a surprising turn away from combat and towards leisure. In 1947 the craft was converted into a floating club for the Master Mariners in Liverpool, before being officially opened as the nightclub Clubship Landfall in 1968.  By the 1990s, the LCT was abandoned and in 2013 (by this point partially submerged) she was moved to a jetty at a safe distance from the main channel.

The LCT was salvaged in October 2014, raised from the water, floated, and transported to Portsmouth Naval Dockyard where she is currently stored in BAE Systems’ main ship hall. In late autumn 2019 LCT 7074 will be brought ashore, by land and sea, to sit alongside the D-Day Story and open to the public in late spring 2020.

What is an LCT Navigator?

An LCT Navigator will be trained to tell the stories of LCT 7074. As a Navigator you will be provided with the skills, knowledge and confidence to:

  • Be an ambassador for Portsmouth Museums to share stories of LCT across the city.
  • Be empowered to research stories of LCT, including seeing behind the scenes at museums as to how objects and stories are stored.
  • Be part of commemorations of D-Day 75 through community roadshows, pop up NAAFI events, capture oral histories and bringing stories to life for all.
  • Be proud to be part of shaping the future of how we remember D-Day and generate pride in Portsmouth as a place to live, work and visit.

What do I need to do to play my part?

  • Be able to commit to a regular volunteering. The volunteer programme is designed to be flexible through working as a group so it can be responsive to your other commitments.
  • Have a friendly and approachable manner.
  • Be willing to work as part of a team and share learning.

Key information

We want your volunteer experience to be shaped by you and so a comprehensive volunteer induction will allow you to find out the facts, figures and stories of LCT as well as sharing your knowledge.

There will be three induction workshops per week spread over four weeks. It is not necessary to attend more than one induction workshop a week as the theme of each week will mean the content will be the same.

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided at each workshop and meeting and reasonable travel expenses within Portsmouth will be reimbursed to volunteers using public transport.

Week 1: please attend one workshop
Tuesday 19 March – Introduction to Navigating the LCT, 10am-12:30pm at The D-Day Story
Wednesday 20 March – Introduction to Navigating the LCT, 10am-12:30pm at The D-Day Story
Thursday 21 March – Introduction to Navigating the LCT, 10am-12:30pm at Portsmouth City Museum

Week 2: please attend one workshop at a Museum site you are least familiar with
Tuesday 26 March – Navigating Portsmouth Museums, 10am-12:30pm at Portsmouth Natural History Museum (Cumberland House)
Wednesday 27 March – Navigating Portsmouth Museums, 10am-12:30pm at Portsmouth City Museum
Thursday 28 March – Navigating Portsmouth Museums, 10am-12:30pm at The D-Day Story

Week 3: please attend one workshop
Tuesday 2 April – Navigating the North of the City, 10am-12:30pm at a location to be confirmed
Wednesday 3 April – Navigating the North of the City, 10am-12:30pm at a location to be confirmed
Thursday 4 April – Navigating the North of the City, 10am-12:30pm at a location to be confirmed

Good practice visit
Friday 5 April – We want you to share your learning and learn from others, a good practice visit allows us to look beyond our doorstep. This will be a full day visit, your travel cost and refreshments will be covered by the project budget.

Week 4: please attend one workshop
Tuesday 9 April – Navigating the Way Forward, 10am-12:30pm at Portsmouth City Museum
Wednesday 10 April – Navigating the Way Forward, 10am-12:30pm at The D-Day Story
Thursday 11 April – Navigating the Way Forward, 10am-12:30pm at The D-Day Story
Friday 12 April – Navigating the NMRN, 10:30am-12:30om at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

After Easter there will be regular meetings of Navigators and events organised. Support will continue to be provided by the Community Participation Officer – LCT. Navigators will be informed of meeting dates well in advance with frequent communication.

To find out more contact Daniel Jessop, Community Participation Officer- LCT. Email: daniel.jessop@portsmouthcc.gov.uk. Tel: 023 9283 4671.

How do I apply to volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete the enquiry form below. We will get in touch as soon as possible to discuss your interest.