Image credit: David Fenwick

Image credit: David Fenwick

This year’s “Heritage Open Day” at The Historic Dockyard Chatham takes visitors into the relatively unexplored world of the Commissioner’s Garden and into the depths of Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum) stores in No. 1 Smithery.

Commissioner’s Garden – an elegant open space behind the oldest naval building to survive intact in Britain has not only real ‘secret garden’ appeal, but also a wealth of untold stories. During the insightful tour, visitors will be led through both the garden and Edwardian greenhouse, discovering – amongst other things – who “Jack” was, why he has a gravestone in the garden and what is it that links a grapevine to romance, not cooled by the icehouse?

Commissioner’s Garden Heritage Opens Days tours are free of charge, will last approximately one hour and are available on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September. They must be pre booked by calling 01634 823845.

The other Heritage Open Day tour takes visitors into the Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum) Ship Model Store within the award winning No. 1 Smithery. Here, visitors will be able to take a privileged peek into secure storage areas where rare and beautiful ship models are kept safe. No. 1 Smithery houses ship models from both Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums. With over 3,000 items, it is one of the finest collections in the world. The store holds many types of model in state-of-the-art storage and study conditions. Visitors will see highlights from this collection, hear more about them and find out how their storage plays an important part in the preservation and accessibility.

Behind the Scenes of the Ship Model Stores tours are free of charge, will last approximately one hour and are available on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September. They must be pre booked by calling 01634 823852.

All Heritage Open Day Tours are free of charge (space limited), but normal admission prices apply to all other galleries and attractions of The Historic Dockyard Chatham if visitors wish to enjoy them.

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