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Scandal in the Holy City: Prostitution in Victorian Brompton

These lectures are proving to be very popular, and have included talks on ‘Pubs of Old Brompton’, and the stories and history of Chatham Convict Prison. For the next talk, Brian Joyce, author of ‘The Chatham Scandal’ will take a look at the scandalous past of Brompton during the Victorian period. The talk is at 7pm on 28 November 2013 at the Royal Engineers Museum. Tickets cost £2 payable on the door. You are advised to book in advance.

For bookings please call 01634 822261 or email deputy-curator@rhqre.co.uk

Full details of this and future events are on http://www.bromptonhistory.org.uk/, or call 01634 822261

hrhprincemichaelHis Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO visited The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Friday 4th October.

This private visit was made primarily to meet members of Chatham Historic Dockyard Volunteer Service (CHDVS) of which HRH Prince Michael has been patron for the past 15 years. His last visit to the dockyard was in 2008 when he opened the newly refurbished Victorian Ropery gallery. Read More

4c Russia Launch lipscombThe National Alfa Romeo Day comes to Chatham!

Alfa Romeo owners and enthusiasts alike will be heading to The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Sunday 11 August for the National Alfa Day, as the award winning tourist attraction plays host to the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC) National event. More

Swashbuckling Summer School Holiday Family Fun returns to The Historic Dockyard!

From 27th July until 1st September, it is fun ahoy at The Historic Dockyard Chatham as the popular pirate extravaganza returns. This year, in conjunction with the exhibition Exploring Antarctica: The Final Expeditions of Scott and Shackleton – it takes on an exploration theme! More

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is delighted to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Monday 29th July 2013. This follows the announcement in April that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales agreed to take on the Patronage of The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for a five year term.

Normal admission prices apply to The Historic Dockyard on 29th July and visitors will get the chance to see both HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during their visit.
Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, Chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales honoured the work of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust over the 29 years of its existence by agreeing to become Patron earlier this year. We are especially pleased that he has now confirmed a visit here on 29th July accompanied by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to mark his Patronage and see for himself what has been achieved since his last visit 9 years ago.”

CF Images 185One of the county’s biggest business events will be looking to the future when it takes over the Historic Dockyard in Chatham next week.

The Manufacturing and Engineering Expo 2013 is being held on Wednesday, 10 July with more than 60 firms and organisations taking part. It has been organised by Medway Council and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce with the support of Best Business Events.

At the heart of the exhibition will be an apprenticeship zone with apprentices from many of Medway and Kent’s major firms showing off the skills they have learned as they begin their careers in engineering or manufacturing. More

Places are limited for two special guest lectures running alongside the exhibition “Exploring Antarctica: The Final Expeditions of Scott & Shackleton”, showing in No. 1 Smithery: The Gallery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham until 30th August. Read More

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. Read More

The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent is the surprising star of Les Misérables the hotly anticipated feature film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, which is due to open in cinemas on January 11, 2013.

The blockbuster production spent more than 30 days shooting on location in the English regions, eleven of which were spent at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, by far the longest stint at any single location. Scenes were also shot at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, Hampshire’s Winchester College and Portsmouth Naval Base, and at the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire.

Camilla Stephenson, Supervising Location Manager on Les Misérables , said: “People might be surprised to discover that only a tiny portion of our film was actually filmed in France. There are some fantastic locations to be found in our stunning English regions that worked perfectly for our early 19th Century France. Local authorities, councils and residents in each of our several areas couldn’t have been more helpful and enthusiastic and made a difficult job a real pleasure.”

Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the globe and still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 27th year. The Working Title/Cameron Mackintosh production is directed by Academy Award®-winning director, Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) and stars Hugh Jackman, Oscar® winner Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.

Les Misérables is the latest feature film to shoot at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, which has also provided locations for both the Guy Richie/Robert Downey Jnr/Jude Law Sherlock Holmes films, Children of Men, The Golden Compass and Amazing Grace. Television series: Coast, Countryfile, Call the Midwife and Great British Railway Journeys have also used the Dockyard for filming.

The film and television industry is an important one for the English regions as productions can spend up to £30,000 per day on everything from hotels to props to coffee for the stars when filming on location. Feature films alone contributed over £1billion to the UK economy in 2011, a record figure.*

In Kent alone, filming contributed over £2 million to the economy in the last financial year.

Kent County Council’s Film Office and Creative England are proactive in encouraging this investment into Kent and across the English regions.
Creative England aims to be a ‘one stop shop’ for productions on a nationwide basis (outside London), assisting them in finding everything from suitable locations for filming to freelance crew and facilities companies. It also offers a local authority liaison service through its Film Friendly Partnership programme, smoothing the path for film production companies.

Its crew and locations databases is a cornerstone of the service it provides and Creative England is encouraging property owners or managers interested in filming to register their property details.**

A range of properties is sought, from stately homes, grand manor houses and mansions to large family homes, remote farm houses, and country cottages; from coastal properties, industrial mills and factories to sleek city centre offices, apartments and penthouses.

Kaye Elliott, Creative England’s Head of Location and Production Services, said: “It’s great to see England’s diverse countryside showcased in Les Misérables. We have a tremendous variety of locations in the regions and Creative England works hard both to ensure that productions know about these locations, and to facilitate filming requests quickly and efficiently so that we increase the flow of production to these areas. It’s a huge endorsement that we can attract major film projects such as Les Misérables to film in the English regions.”

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012. Today’s announcement from the Cabinet Office has given the charity the opportunity to thank all its volunteers for all their hard work and dedication to help save lives at sea.

The charity, which relies on volunteers to carry out its lifesaving work and who form 95% of its workforce, is one of just 60 organisations to receive this one-off award. The category that was added to the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in order to mark the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year.

In a nomination submitted by long-term RNLI supporters, actor Timothy Spall and his wife Shane, the charity’s volunteers were described as ‘what is ‘Great’ about Britain.’ The Spalls went on to say: ‘They are an inspiration, and have our eternal gratitude and respect.’

Volunteers have been at the heart of the RNLI since its inception in 1824; its 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members are on call 24/7, launching whatever the weather and often in the hours of darkness to help those in danger around the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In addition, volunteer lifeguards work alongside paid lifeguards to help keep beach-users safe and educate those who visit the coast. Specially-trained Flood Rescue Teams are also ready to deploy to any instances of inland flooding. None of this would be possible without thousands more dedicated volunteers who give their time to raise funds and awareness, give safety advice and help out in museums, shops and offices across the country

Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award, and for our selfless volunteers to be recognised for their commitment and dedication in this Diamond Jubilee year.

‘Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are united by one common goal; an unfaltering commitment to help save lives at sea. From the volunteer crews and lifeguards who are at the forefront of rescues to the people who give up their time to raise vital funds. I am not only proud to be part of the charity but inspired by so many ordinary people doing extraordinary things’.

Martyn Lewis CBE, Chairman, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award Committee, said:

“The sixty organisations honoured today with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering have built their success on the dedication and generosity of thousands of extraordinary people, each of whom has devoted their time and energy to the simple aim of making their communities – and their country – a better place.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said:

“The list of recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering reads like a Who’s Who of British volunteering and is testament to the enduring strength and immeasurable contribution of volunteers over the past sixty years.”

“2012 brought volunteering firmly, and deservedly, into the spotlight. The stories behind these awards show what people can achieve when they come together and I hope they will inspire more people to come forward to contribute, and to gain from, all that volunteering offers.”

RNLI lifeboat crew member Gavin Steeden and volunteer lifeguard Chris Lewis will be representing the charity at a small presentation being held by the Cabinet Office at Whitehall this evening (12 December).

Gavin said: ‘I have grown up with the RNLI and volunteer alongside my dad, brother and friends – it is part of who I am and what I love. It is a great honour to be recognised for what we do, and I am really proud to be representing not only my own station in Swanage but all the volunteers who are part of the charity.’ More

Medway is gearing up for a day dedicated to showcasing the area’s economic prowess and employment opportunities.

Businesses and industry leaders from across the south east and London will descend on the Construction Expo in Medway, on Thursday, 11 October, for a day dedicated to boosting employment and regeneration in the area. More

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has once again teamed up with Southern Water to offer free of charge practical family learning workshops on Sunday afternoons through to Spring next year.

Mighty Missiles

Inspired by a visit to the missiles on board the Second World War destroyer HMS CAVALIER, this workshop will challenge participants to design and fire their own rocket. How can Newton’s Laws of Motion help? What impact will elevation have on the ability to hit enemy targets?

Sneaky Ships

Disguising ships to avoid the enemy has always been a challenge in wartime. Participants will design and make a ‘stealth boat’ that can’t be detected by sound, sight or heat. They will then use the underwater sonar in the dockyard’s testing tank facility and state of the art thermal imaging camera to see how successful they have been!

Handy Hydraulics

Participants can design and make their own Dockyard Crane using hydraulics and then discover how strong the crane is by finding out how heavy a load it can lift.

Water Works

Based on the fascinating work of sponsor Southern Water, this programme looks at the impact of use of water on the environment and allows participants to build a water butt and water filter.

This FREE fun, fascinating and educational 4-workshop series can be booked by calling please call 01634 823800 or emailing smajor@chdt.org.uk.

Dates of Cycles
Cycle 1 – September 2012:
2nd; 9th; 23rd; 30th

Cycle 2 – October 2012
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Cycle 3 – November 2012
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Cycle 4 – February/March 2013:
10th, 17th,24th, 3rd March

Cycle 5 – March 2013:
10, 17th, 24th, 31st

The Ropery indicating its length

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, the world’s most complete dockyard of the Age of Sail and one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations is delighted to offer ‘heritage hunters’ a unique chance to take a ‘behind the scenes’ look at one of the most admired aspects of the dockyard. Visitors who pre-book a Heritage Open Day on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September will be given the opportunity to visit the ‘factory floor’ of Master Ropemakers, located within the Victorian Ropery Building. More

Another fantastic award that reflects the ‘Excellence’ of The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, has recognised the high standards found at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, following the maritime heritage attraction’s exceptional traveller reviews. The TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ awards businesses that consistently earn top rankings from the website’s large community of reviewers and cites “with a high rating, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has earned a place amongst the very best”. More

A Heritage Lottery Fund supported community project. Join the Royal Engineers Museum Library and Archive and the Brompton History Research Group in celebrating the 200th anniversary the Royal Engineers in Brompton.

On Saturday 30th May 2012 a brand new exhibition will open at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive. This exhibition takes a look at how the past 200 years of living side by side with the Corps of Royal Engineers has affected civilian life in the unique village of Brompton. More

The Historic Dockyard Chatham celebrates the long awaited arrival of Spring with activities galore, suitable for all ages!

Spring into Action! Explosive activities for May weekends, 1-3pm
‘Launching’ on 12 May and running every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 3pm until 27 May
will be action packed Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) drop-in sessions giving visitors the chance to mix up their own gunpowder and try their hand at firing a miniature cannon or rocket missile – then see how close they can get to the target! More

Parkinson’s UK – the support and research charity – is passionate about finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

That’s why the South East region of the charity is inviting local people to join them for a fundraising concert on Saturday 19 May 2012. More

Visitors planning to go along to the English Festival at Riverside Country Park, Gillingham this Saturday are advised that parking will not be available at the event due to the recent heavy rain. More

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