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Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA Lecture – Remains of a Revolution

11 Apr 2018 - 11 Apr 2018

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, 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 event is brought to you by The Historic Dockyard Chatham in partnership with the University of Kent.

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This lecture is being hosted at the Royal Dockyard Church at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.  There is a short walk from the car park to the venue.  Entry can be gained to the site from our Main Gate entrance on Dock Road or via our security entrance by Western Avenue.

Car Parking

Car parking is free and available on-site at our Helipad car park.  Our team can direct you to this location upon arrival.  Disabled parking (blue badge holders) is available closer to the venue if arranged in advance.


The lecture is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm and will finish at approximately 8:00pm on Wednesday 11th April 2018.


Tickets for this exclusive lecture are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

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