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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 Victorian 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. ...

Create your own Autumn wreath

Hello October! Can you believe that Autumn is upon us? From the heating being back on to autumnal walks, knitted jumpers and cosy meals by the fire – the hot chocolate has even made an appearance from the back of the cupboard. We are fully embracing this new season, and our team at Master Ropemakers have just the perfect weekend activity to help you bring a bit of autumn into your home. At The Dockyard, the Victorian Ropery is one of our most visited and popular attractions and every winte ...

Life in lockdown: Making masks for the masses

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 lockdown. These blogs will provide a snapshot of the everyday lives, experiences and wellbeing of our people. Linda Biesterfeldt Master Ropemakers Ltd So, we all found ourselves in a situation which we had never experienced ...

The Festival of Steam and Transport returns for 2020

The Festival of Steam and Transport returns to The Historic Dockyard Chatham on Sunday, April 12 and Monday, April 13. Anything goes for this event – steam fanatics, classic car collectors, steampunks or families looking for an entertaining day out – this Festival has it all. The Festival of Steam and Transport is a Dockyard stalwart, taking place annually over the Easter weekend. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere, see magnificent engines fill the air with steam, watch the quirky street en ...

New collection at The Dockyard

One of the visitor’s favourite things to do at The Historic Dockyard Chatham is to visit The Victorian Ropery. Dating to the 18th Century, The Victorian Ropery is the only one of the original four Royal Navy Ropeyards to remain in operation. You can still witness rope being made on the ropewalk today, the same way the Victorians would of, or even take a guided tour to “learn the ropes” and behind the scenes information. The Master Ropemakers at The Dockyard busily make rope every week day ...

Launch of the Official Call the Midwife location tours

The Call the Midwife cast take a break in filming series 8 to celebrate the official opening of the new Call the Midwife location tour! The Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent has played host to many of Call the Midwife’s most iconic screen moments since the very first series in 2012. This year, the public museum and historic naval yard marks its 400th anniversary – and to mark this special year, Call the Midwife’s producers Neal Street Productions have partnered with the Historic Dockyard ...

Captain Cat’s Easter Egg Hunt

Hop on down to The Historic Dockyard Chatham from the 3rd-17th April for some egg-tastic family fun! The Captain’s Cat is back with an eggcellent egg hunt that’s bigger and better than ever before! Hidden amongst the 80 acre site will be The Dockyard’s rope eggs just waiting to be found by eager explorers.   Just pick up your Easter trail upon arrival for clues towards where to find them; find them all and crack the code hidden with them and you’ll get a prize! These rope eggs have ...

Product Launch

On Wednesday 8th November, we hosted an exclusive event to launch three new collections in our gift shop. Designed by local Artist – BonnieStitch (business) Esther Johnson (designer) from Rainham. Esther has created three unique adaptations of The Dockyard area, these compliment the environment in which the gifts will be sold in and the landscape in which it was inspired from. The designs are influenced by three main areas of the Dockyard: Collection 1: Passing By – an interpretati ...

A day in the life of….

Who? Alana Marie Almond – Events Executive What are your responsibilities? I organise and deliver Chatham Historic Dockyard’s two annual fundraising events – Festival of Steam and Transport at Easter and Salute to the ‘40s in September.  Plus a really special community event at The Royal Dockyard Church in December called Christmas Carol Concert.  I am involved in primarily THD Facebook pages and engagement, plus assisting with other social media avenues. How long have you worked at t ...

The Fitted Rigging House has received Heritage Lottery Fund support of £4.8million

Last week it was announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund has provided initial support of £4.8 million for our new project – The Fitted Rigging House.. Tracey Crouch – Minister for Sport, Tourism, attended the announcement and walked through the Grade I listed building to capture what we will be renovated and spoke to HLF, stating: “This funding will not only help preserve our wonderful maritime heritage at Chatham, but allow The Dockyard to be fit for purpose and serve the ...

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