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No. 1 Smithery

A partnership with Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums

A treasure house of maritime treats, No.1 Smithery is a joint project between the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums that encourages visitors to unearth incredible stories through objects, paintings and play.

No.1 Smithery is also home to National Museums: Collection and Research, a state-of-the-art, environmentally controlled storage space for over 3,000 models and artefacts. At the heart of No.1 Smithery is The Courtyard, a large open space that allows visitors to view most of the original building with its huge anchor pits, chimneys and rugged industrial feel.

Galleries

No.1 Smithery’s main gallery, National Museums Maritime Treasures, features the cream of the national museums’ model collections. Find out how many items we hold here in the galleries…

Temporary Exhibitions

Breaking the Chain

The Story of the Dutch Raid on the Medway in 1667,

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Galleries

Maritime Treasures

National Museums: Maritime Treasures is a brilliant gallery displaying world-class maritime models, art and other objects from the collections of the National Maritime Museum and Imperial War Museums as well as from The Historic Dockyard’s own collection.

The Courtyard

At the heart of No.1 Smithery is The Courtyard, a large open space that allows visitors to view most of the original building with its huge anchor pits, chimneys and rugged industrial feel.

Collections & Research

National Museums: Collection and Research is a state-of-the-art, environmentally controlled study area and storage space for over 3,000 models and artefacts from the National Maritime Museum’s and Imperial War Museum’s ship model collections.

The Pipebending Floor

Younger visitors will simply love the Pipe Bending Floor with activities that are educational as they are fun.

“I was simply blown away by this gallery. The model ships are built as if they were about to set sail. Amazing!”

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