The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Kent, ME4 4TZ

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a unique 80-acre site comprising historic buildings, museums galleries and warships.

Visitors can expect to learn how to make rope from costumed guides, discover the stories behind those who served on the site's three historic warships and explore the 400-year history of the dockyard through its museum galleries.

The collection, preservation, study and display of objects and material connected to naval history is at the centre of the Historic Dockyard Chatham's activities. The collections focus around the people who worked in, or were associated with, Chatham Dockyard.

There are three historic warships on display: HMS Gannett, a Victorian Royal Navy Sloop which has recently undergone a major refurbishment; HMS Cavalier, the Royal Navy's last operational Second World War destroyer; and HMS Ocelot, a submarine from the Cold War era, and the last warship to be made for the Royal Navy at Chatham. There is also a reference collection including archives, printed books and photographs available to researchers, by prior appointment, through the Royal Dockyard Library.

Art we’ve helped buy at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

In 2005 the Art Fund gave the Historic Dockyard Chatham half of the total £60,000 needed to acquire the Maquette for the warship HMS Queen Charlotte, launched at Chatham in 1790. The figurehead shows Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III, and probably required royal approval before the full size figurehead was made.

Elias Martin's 1777–8 landscape, A view of Chatham Dockyard, depicts the dockyard from the Rochester side of Whitehall Creek. Art Funded in 1993, it is one of a small number of views showing the dockyard in the period before the Napoleonic Wars.

Venue information

Opening times

10 Feb – 2 Dec 2018
10am –​ 4pm (Greenwich Mean Time)
10am –​ 6pm (British Summer Time)

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