It has been announced that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has agreed to take on the Patronage of The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, for a five year term from March 2013.

Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB, Chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “This underscores our reputation as a nationally important heritage destination with a strong future. More importantly, I am delighted for every single member of staff whose loyalty and commitment to making this place, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, a visitor attraction second to none has been recognised. Without such dedication by its people, both full-time and volunteer, no organisation can aspire to Royal Patronage”.

Bill Ferris OBE, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust added; “HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of No 1 Smithery (then called the National Museums at Chatham project) in April 2006. HRH extended his patronage further in July 2011 to incorporate the historically important Command of the Oceans project which is centred around the significant find of the ship’s timbers of the NAMUR. The fact that he has agreed to be Patron of the entire Historic Dockyard Chatham site is huge recognition of the work that we are doing in bringing this sensitive heritage site in the heart of Medway back to life in such creative and sustainable ways, generating substantial return on investment as well as creating a world class heritage destination.