The Historic Dockyard Chatham is an 80 acre heritage estate and from time to time we need to undertake routine maintenance and repairs to our buildings, historic ships and galleries. This is a necessary part of maintaining and making improvements to an internationally important heritage site and where possible, we aim to undertake maintenance work at times that minimise the impact on our visitor experience.
However, sometimes some small disruption can be inevitable and we would like to draw you attention to the following:
As part of wider works to the Fitted Rigging House, the gallery will be closed for a few months whilst we undertake a number of improvements to the space that will include a new Reading Room adjacent to the gallery, which will be fully accessible to the public upon appointment. There will also be a number of improvements to the actual gallery itself. More information to be announced soon.
From November 2017 Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust will be undertaking major conservation, repair and adaptation works to the Fitted Rigging House, the home of the Royal Dockyard Library. The project will create a sustainable future for the building, one of The Historic Dockyard’s most important Scheduled Ancient Monuments. The project will deliver a new accessible reading room and much improved conditions for our library and archive collections alongside new volunteer and conservation facilities.
In order for these works to take place the current Reading Room and Archive will close on 1st November 2017 to be relocated to our new facilities ready to open in autumn 2018. Limited access to collections due to this process means we will be unable to support research enquiries at this time but will provide advice if and when possible.
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