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UK/Polar – Live Music at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

02 December 2016


To celebrate the final day of the season (27th November 2016) and of our temporary exhibition Pole of Cold, The Historic Dockyard Chatham played host to some exquisite performances from Ben Paley (Swedish folk violinist), Osp (Icelandic singer songwriter) and Kimber’s Men (Yorkshire’s finest purveyors of sea shanties and folk songs).  The event was hosted at our brand new restaurant and entertainment venue, The Mess Deck.

This very special event marked the finale of The Historic Dockyard’s latest temporary exhibition Pole of Cold! The exhibition has taken visitors to The Historic Dockyard Chatham on the remarkable journey experienced by Kent’s own Polar Explorer, Felicity Aston MBE.  Felicity travelled more than 35,000km in a Land Rover Defender on a remarkable journey from the UK, across Scandinavia to Siberia.  The exploration team endured a mix of treacherous roads and extreme conditions to reach their final destination, Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place on the planet, where temperatures regularly plummet to almost -60C.

The final evening of the exhibition seemed a great opportunity to draw on some of the rich cultural traditions of polar countries like Sweden and Iceland – and then to bring everything back home with some good old fashioned sea shanties!


Ben Paley playing beautiful and haunting Swedish folk.


Osp enrapturing the audience with heartbreakingly tender song.


Kimber’s Men cajoling the audience into joining in with their rousing sea shanties.


We’d like to say a big thank you to all performers and all those that came along to support this event – we loved having you here.  The Mess Deck proved to be a magical evening venue and we urge you all to ‘watch this space’ for future events.

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