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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

National Destroyer Memorial

The National Destroyer Memorial at The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be the focus for the Act of Remembrance at 11.00am on 11th November 2012.

Visitors to The Historic Dockyard on Remembrance Sunday, together with dockyard Residents and Tenants, will be invited to join representatives of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and members of Destroyer Associations at HMS CAVALIER, the National Destroyer Memorial, and the associated bronze monument alongside, to remember those British service men and women and civilians who lost their lives in the service of their country. More

Things get spooky, sparkly, and wacky this Autumn at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, as visitors explore the eerie and infamous through a range of exciting family activities and a new temporary exhibition. More

……by a ship of the Royal Navy since 1984 – a real Salute to the ‘40s!

HMS CAVALIER, The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s very own Second World War destroyer, will mark her own “Salute to the ‘40s” by firing a ‘broadside’ using all three of her 4.5” guns at 12.00 noon on Saturday 15th September, the first day of the Salute to the ‘40s event.

The last broadsides fired from operational Royal Navy ships were by HMS LONDON as she returned to the UK before paying off in February 1982 and HMS ZULU on paying off in 1984. Three rounds will be fired from A, B and Y guns on board HMS CAVALIER by the Historic Naval Gun Crew, a group of re-enactor volunteers who have assisted in restoring the ship’s guns and who will also re-create Captain’s Defaulters and bring the ship to life over the weekend of the Salute to the ‘40s event.

HMS CAVALIER was one of ninety-six war emergency destroyers built for the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Awarded the Battle Honour ‘Arctic 1945’ for operations off northern Norway and in support of the homeward-bound Russian convoy RA64, CAVALIER later operated in the Western Approaches, undertaking duties which included the high-speed escort of the liners-turned-troopships RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS CAVALIER, together with an adjacent bronze monument is now the National Destroyer Memorial 1939-1945 marking the very special contribution made by these ships and the men who served in them.
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Children’s favourites – Peppa Pig and her brother George – will be visiting Pirate Play Days at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Thursday 26th July 2012

The well known Channel 5 and Nick Jnr. children’s characters will be making appearances throughout the day providing opportunities to meet them face to face and to take photographs with them. There will be plenty of other activities to keep children happy all day too including Water Walking Balls, the Krazy Kidz Bus, Dodgem boats; Dockyard Matey land train, face painting as well as loads of Pirate Play Days fun activities and all the galleries and attractions of The Historic Dockyard.

The chance to see Peppa Pig and George is included in the normal admission price to The Historic Dockyard, and tickets are valid for a whole year. A small additional charge applies to some of the extra activities within Pirate Play Days and return visits with 12 month tickets are valid for entry on this day and throughout the summer.

Pirate Play Days takes place from 21 July to 2 September where young visitors will be happy for hours in the undercover Pirates’ Play Place, with fantastic family fun, including soft play, a desert island sand pit, and arts and craft activities! A pirate themed assault course and ‘cannon firing’ sessions mean there is something for children of all ages. Storytelling on board HMS GANNET (1878) with Pirate Pam and her puppets provides one of the highlights of the day. The friendly crew is looking forward to welcoming promising pirates aboard!

Ship repairs, told first-hand, is the subject of a talk at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre next week. More

The Kent Association for the Blind provides services to many people who have lost their sight due to Glaucoma. This eye condition gives no warning symptoms but has very effective treatments and early diagnosis can prevent blindness. Glaucoma is one of the most common eyesight conditions and gradually creates a tunnel vision effect, slowly destroying off centre vision. More

Following the announcement from the Deputy Prime Minister today on the awarding of city status to three towns as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Cllr Rodney Chambers, Leader of Medway Council, said: “I would like to congratulate the three towns that have today gained city status. More

DCMS / Wolfson Grant will give a much loved museum gallery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham a new lease of life

One of the best loved museum galleries at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent – The Wooden Walls of England – is to undergo a much needed renovation, thanks to £300,000 awarded by DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund. More

Love was most certainly in the air in Medway last year, as more than 1,000 couples have said ‘I do’, despite a decline in marriage numbers nationally. More

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