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Cutting the Rope on new Ropery Gallery

On Thursday 24 March we officially ‘cut the rope’ and opened our new Ropery Gallery which ties together the amazing stories of the people whose lives are intertwined with the production of rope at Chatham. Dignitaries, friends of the Trust, and staff mingled with ropemakers whose work and life are also featured within the new gallery like Fred and Jan Cordier who met, married and worked at the Ropery for 50 years.  Fred and Jan’s story is told in the new gallery space so it was fitting th ...

Learning the Ropes: Launch of new Ropery Gallery

Hundreds of thousands of visitors to The Historic Dockyard Chatham have marvelled at the story of rope and been amazed by the iconic Rope Walk which stretches the length of 33 London buses, and now, thanks to a new Ropery Gallery which doubles capacity to this part of the Dockyard, even more visitors will be able to learn the ropes. Dating back over 400 years, the iconic buildings (the finest integrated group of 18th century manufacturing buildings in Britain), machinery from the Industrial Revo ...

Forward thinking creative team appointed to redesign famous Ropery gallery

Hundreds of thousands of visitors to The Historic Dockyard Chatham have marvelled at the story of rope and been amazed by the iconic Rope Walk which stretches the length of 33 London buses. The Ropery’s popularity at the Historic Dockyard has meant that over the last couple of years it was unable to fully meet demand from visitors; so it was decided a new and exciting gallery space was required to accommodate everyone who wanted to learn the unique history of this important British story. Now, ...

Gardening Top Tips by the Master Ropemakers

It’s a magical season in the garden and greenhouse right now. Fruit and vegetables are growing plump, flowers blossom in their brightest colours and this entices butterflies and bees. We’re lucky to have Commissioner’s Garden here at the Dockyard, and the gardeners Baz and Warren always try to make the most of the rope produced by The Master Ropemakers on our historic ropewalk. They use the largest Coir rope to edge the lawns and enhance the borders – did you know Coir is a great ...

Life in lockdown: ropemakers return

Alex Rowling Life In Lockdown Blog article
As a continuation of the work we produced supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, we have decided to publish a weekly blog dedicated to wellness.  We’ve asked a few of our staff, volunteers and organisations we work closely with to write a journal post and diary a day in lock down. These blogs will provide a snapshot of the everyday lives, experiences and wellbeing of our people. Alex Rowling Manager, Master Ropemakers I wake up feeling like it’s the first day at school, I’m nervous but ...

Ropery wheels back in motion

Due to UK Government Covid-19 restrictions Master Ropemakers Ltd, the traditional manufacturing company based at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, was forced to close in March 2020 – a closure that has not occurred in the 400-year history of rope making at Chatham. The recent loosening of lockdown restrictions for the manufacturing industry has enabled the rope makers to return to work and rope making has recommenced on the historic ropewalk this week. Rope was first made at Chatham in the 18 ...

The Victorian Ropery

The Victorian Ropery Rope has been made at The Historic Dockyard Chatham for over 400 years and today it is the last of the Royal Navy Dockyards to still make rope the way it was made in Victorian times. The Victorian Ropery is an 18th Century building that is a quarter of a mile long. It was home to the whole ropemaking process with the ground floor as the ropemaking or laying floor, and other floors being home to spinning rooms. Today the Master Ropemakers still use the ground floor with one ...

We’ve been awarded a grant for The Victorian Ropery…

We are delighted to announce we have received funding from the Association for Industrial Archaeology for conservation and repair works to machinery within our Victorian Ropery! The Victorian Ropery at the Dockyard was built in the 1700s and still makes rope to this day. Visitors can witness the ropemaking process for themselves every weekday in the traditional way. When built between 1786 and 1791, the building was equipped with a range of ropemaking equipment which for that time was state of ...

Rope gifts knot to be missed…

Our Ropery gift shop is back open – selling lots of fantastic handmade rope gifts! Did you know these are made right here at our Victorian Ropery? Having made rope for 400 years, our Victorian Ropery is the only one left out of the four Royal Navy Ropeyards to remain in operation today. The Master Ropemakers prepare rope on the rope walk and in other buildings nearby such as the Hemp Houses. What is the Rope Walk? The Rope walk is a 1/4 of a mile long and consists of the machinery use ...

The Ropery

Rope has been made on the Ropery at Chatham Dockyard for almost 400 years and its rope, still made on the Ropewalk, has been used to rig the mightiest vessels ever to take to sea. Today Chatham is the only one of the original four Royal Navy Ropeyards to remain in operation and together with its related buildings forms the finest integrated group of 18th century manufacturing buildings in Britain. ...

Warship Wednesday: HMS SEAHORSE

Part of the first batch of S-class submarines to be ordered, the HMS Seahorse was laid down in September 1931 in Chatham Dockyard. She was subsequently launched in September 1932 and commissioned in October 1933 under the pennant number 98S. As an S-class submarine, the Seahorse was designed for patrol in European waters, such as the North, Baltic, and Mediterranean seas.  She had a length of 202 feet and 6 inches, a beam of 24 feet and a mean draught of 11 feet and 11 inches. In September of 1 ...

Women were kept away from the men and never the twain should meet – celebrating International Women’s Day

Once upon a time in the Ropery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, women were kept away from the men and never the twain should meet. However ten years ago this week, and perfectly timed for International Women’s Day, Leanne Clark became the first female ropemaker at the site where for over 400 years, the Rope Walk was a male only domain.      At the height of production, during the Napoleonic wars, there were 300 men employed in the Ropery. Today, the team numbers just four. They p ...

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visits The Historic Dockyard Chatham

We were honoured to welcome His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Wednesday 2 February. This visit was made to show support in advance of our 2022 visitor season opening. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who has been Patron of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust since 2013, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Lady Colgrain, met with Trust Chairman Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE DL and Richard Morsley, Chief Executive as well as The Mayor of Medway ...

22 Things to do at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in 2022

If you follow us on social media, we hope you have been enjoying our countdown to reopening.  Given that we are in 2022, we thought it’s the perfect opportunity to share 22 unique, creative and inspiring things to do at The Dockyard this year. Let’s stress, that we’re not expecting you to do all 22 things in one visit, remember our entry tickets are valid for 12 months, meaning you can come back again (and again) and tick off more experiences with each visit. Which of our of 22 recomm ...

COP26 – Climate change and The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), is being hosted by the UK in Glasgow from 31 October until 12 November. We will be reflecting on the sustainable practices already embedded within the Historic Dockyard, while following COP26 developments to find new ways to reduce and mitigate our environmental impact.  #OneStepGreener Over the course of COP26 we’ll share how we are working for effective change whilst we develop our Environmental Impact Strategy. Find out more a ...

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