The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be recognised as the world’s most complete and best preserved dockyard of the age of sail.
Sustained by a mix of complementary uses, it will be a maritime heritage destination of choice, giving its visitors a unique understanding of warship design and construction and support of the Royal Navy during Britain’s growth as a world power through to the closure of the dockyard in 1984.
Our Strategic Objectives
As a registered charity, our strategic objectives accord with our founding documents:
To maintain excellence in the sympathetic preservation and use of The Historic Dockyard, its buildings, ships and collections.
To engage the most diverse audiences in learning about the significance and role of the former Royal Dockyard at Chatham and its people in supporting the Royal Navy from sail to steam and nuclear power over a 400 year period.
To provide an unmatched, inspirational and enjoyable experience for all users of The Historic Dockyard – whether visitors, tenants, residents or students – that exceeds their expectations.
As a fully accredited Museum we collect, preserve, study and exhibit objects and materials connected with the history of:
- The role of the Dockyard and its people
- The development of Royal Navy warship construction and design
- The use of the River Medway and its support services and their tole in the development of the Medway
The work of the Trust and all those that operate from its buildings contributes at least £16m to the local economy each year.