In the eighteenth century, Britain was widely recognised as the first industrial nation. In the nineteenth as ‘workshop of the world’. What we now call the Industrial Revolution defined this momentous episode in the nation’s history and the dramatic changes in society and the landscape that ensued, not only in Britain herself but across the globe. And, of the great industrial endeavours that distinguished this revolution the Royal Dockyards were the world’s largest. Chatham was one of these.
In this lecture, Sir Neil Cossons considers the legitimacy of these revolutionary assertions, explores the surviving evidence and addresses the conservation challenges it presents. As a former Director of London’s Science Museum, and Chairman of English Heritage he draws on a wide palette of international examples to demonstrate how for some a future has been assured, for others their legacy will be little more than a footnote to history.
This lecture begins at 7:00pm and will be hosted at the Royal Dockyard Church on Wednesday 11th April 2018