Reaching the local community…
For many, The Historic Dockyard Chatham holds fond memories for them. Whether they worked at the Royal Dockyard themselves, or have links to a similar Naval background, many objects remind them of these memories.
For the elder generation in the local community such as in Hospices, community centres, dementia care units etc, The Dockyard’s mobile van goes to visit them with some of The Dockyard’s collections. From April 2017 to April 2018, The Dockyard has visited 27 different care homes such as Age UK Maidstone and Ashford Hospice, allowing residents to hold items such as cannonballs and learning about where old Royal Navy and Army saying such as “cat of nine tails” and “square meal” come from.
This isn’t the only outreach The Dockyard does in the local community. Overall from April 2017-2018, they reached 6071 members of the local community via 79 sessions. This included 22 community events such as the English festival, Kent Science Fair and community groups. The learning team also have visited 30 schools teaching the popular Secret Lab and rope making too!