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For the first time ever at any event, Salute to the ‘40s has three of the leading 1940’s female performers together on one stage. With two Main Stages, two dancehalls, dance workshops, street performers and music across the site the weekend at The Historic Dockyard is going to be full of entertaining vintage delight! Keep Calm and Carry On to Salute to the ‘40s on 21st and 22nd September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Read More

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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. Read More

SONY DSCChatham Historic Dockyard Trust has been awarded the prestigious Sandford Award for Heritage Education for the second time in less than ten years.

The Sandford Award is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles, focussing on formal, curriculum-linked education opportunities offered to schools by heritage sites. More

Dockyard (354) RedCross Girl in BlueChatham Historic Dockyard Trust is excited to announce a record year for Vintage Fashion enthusiasts at this year’s Salute to the ‘40s event on 21st and 22nd September at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. A record number of re-enactors and the best in 1940s’ traders, to help you get a truly authentic look, are booked to attend. Come and join them! More

The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, has once again 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”.

Mr Bill Ferris OBE in front of the fantastic No1 Smithery

Mr Bill Ferris OBE in front of the fantastic No1 Smithery

Bill Ferris OBE, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “Third party review is the most important validation of any visitor attraction. The consistently positive comments lodged on TripAdvisor are a real testament to our continuous programme of investment here and illustrate that we have a team of incredibly dedicated people who add that extra sparkle and will go that extra mile for our visitors. These actions make the real difference to all those visitors who come to this amazing place. We are very grateful to receive comments such as ‘‘Theresa, the guide in The Victorian Ropery was excellent and added so much value to the tour with her sharp wit and repartee’; ‘Irene, our guide, was terrific. We were a large group but she coped with this extremely well, with special attention for the children. Irene, you were great fun and certainly gave the impression you enjoy your job’; ‘The highlight for us was Hearts of Oak, a digital visit to the dockyards in the company of “projected” guides. Very atmospheric and technically very high quality. A great addition to the attractions here.”

Mr Ferris continued; “We are having a terrific visitor season with numbers well above our best ever to date, so we hope that even more visitors will leave as satisfied in the future! ”

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

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

Inside one of the Slips (As seen in Sherlock Holmes)

Mr Bill Ferris OBE in front of the fantastic No1 Smithery

The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent has received initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its ‘Command of the Oceans’ project, it was announced today. At the heart of this new £8.4m project will be ‘the ship beneath the floor’ which focuses on the conservation and long-term preservation of the remains of a highly significant warship with important associations with 18th and early 19th century people and events. The project will become the gateway to Chatham’s world class naval and military heritage, providing a sense of arrival, orientation, navigation to dispersed sites and interpretation. Command of the Oceans will create a new focus for community engagement in Chatham’s world class heritage. HLF has given development funding of £116,300 at this stage to assist The Historic Dockyard Chatham in progressing its plans to seek approval for the full £4.5m grant at the second round.

The project will reconnect some of Chatham’s earliest features including the North and South Mast Ponds constructed in 1696 and 1702, the adjacent ‘Mast Houses and Mould Loft’, and ‘Wheelwright Shop’. This redevelopment work will provide visitors with a four and a half hectare, free to enter heritage gateway and improved entrance to the Dockyard in the mast pond area, and in doing so make the most of the important mast making monuments. This new space will encourage everyone to explore the history of the dockyard and its defences and also form the starting point for a series of discovery trails.

Bill Ferris OBE, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “This is fantastic news, we are thrilled that we have received the Stage One pass from Heritage Lottery Fund, an organisation which has already done so much in supporting the heritage of this amazing place. Visitors’ overall experience when going to see The Historic Dockyard Chatham and the wider world class military and naval heritage in Medway will be dramatically improved through the provision of a new and very much enhanced sense of arrival, with layered orientation and interpretation – appropriate to arrival at a destination of outstanding historic significance. However, the hard work is yet to come and we are ready for it! We must raise £4m within 15 months to enable us to match the £4.5m allocation from Heritage Lottery Fund to complete the project. We are currently in negotiations with a significant funder to cover the majority of the remainder”.

Work being carried out on the mast of HMS Gannet

< Mr Ferris continued; “We will be making an exciting announcement about this project here at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Friday 17th August. The name of our ‘ship beneath the floor’ and its major historic significance to Britain’s ‘command of the oceans’ will be revealed!”

Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said:

“The Historic Dockyard at Chatham is an extraordinary site that charts Britain’s impressive naval history. The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be giving our initial support for the ‘Command of the Oceans’ project which includes plans to dramatically improve the visitor experience at Chatham and reveal important archaeological finds for the first time. We are looking forward to seeing these exciting and innovative plans develop over the next few months.”

Upnor Castle from the Medway

Visitors to Upnor Castle will get to relive the Dutch raid as part of an exciting re-enactment event on Saturday 23 and Sunday, 24 June.
The Dutch are Coming! is a family friendly event depicting the brave but ineffective battle in 1667 when the Dutch sailed up the river to attack the British fleet at anchor. More

Conservation workers helping to preserve Eastgate House, Rochester have uncovered a mysterious face from the past.

The team of workers have been painstakingly peeling away layers of paint to reveal the original décor of the grade one listed building, which was built in the late 1590s by Sir Peter Buck, Clerk of the Cheque at Chatham Dockyard More

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