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40:40 – 40 years of redevelopment

23 Mar - 30 Jun 2024

Included in ticket

Since its closure in 1984, Chatham Dockyard has undergone a remarkable transformation, evolving into a dynamic maritime heritage destination, known today as The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

As part of our Dockyard40 programme, this photographic exhibition captures the incredible journey Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has taken over the last four decades in preserving this special place.

The closure of the Dockyard had a devastating economic and social impact on the Medway Towns. The transformation of the Historic Dockyard has not only revitalised the area but also created a home for a thriving hub of creative businesses.

Progress at the Historic Dockyard has been underpinned by a diversified model, encompassing commercial and residential developments, alongside a public-facing museum with a varied learning programme. Successive phases of regeneration have led to new galleries and restored buildings, under a strategy called “Preservation through Reuse”.

The estate’s adaptive reuse aligns with contemporary needs whilst still preserving its significant heritage. This harmonious blend of history, education, and modernity ensures that the Historic Dockyard continues to be a dynamic and cherished landmark in Britain’s maritime story.

These photographs chart that journey.

Useful information

Time:10am – 4pm daily
Dates:23 March – 30 June
Location:Pipe Bending Gallery, No.1 Smithery
Cost:Included in admission ticket