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The Royal Dockyard story in the 19th and 20th century

The 19th and 20th century represented times of great change at Chatham Dockyard, the Steam, Steel and Submarines gallery is used to explore this defining period of power, strength and adaption to new technology.

Chatham Dockyard, along with the Chatham Port Division of the Royal Navy played a central role in many of the 19th and 20th centuries major conflicts, without their contribution would Britain have been able to maintain such important global influence?

Please note – our Steam, Steel and Submarines gallery will be closed to the public to undertake improvements from 30th October 2017 to Easter 2018.  We apologise for any inconvenience.  

Object Handling Sessions

A unique chance to handle genuine museum objects

During school holiday periods, we are now running daily sessions (every hour) within our Steam, Steel and Submarines gallery to bring some of our hidden collections to life.  Visitors will have the opportunity to get hands-on with items that helped build the Royal Navy and supported the Royal Dockyard at Chatham.  All sessions are delivered by our experienced and friendly gallery staff and allow you to get closer to the collections!



Come and discover stories of Dockyard shipwrights.

Learn what life was like on board a Cold War submarine.

Daring tales of heroism and sacrifice during both World Wars.

“Had a wonderful day out with the family yesterday, we enjoyed seeing the historic buildings and ships and even more so the Steam and Steel exhibit.”

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