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A treasure house of maritime treats, the expansive No.1 Smithery was begun in 1801 to help meet the Dockyard’s growing need for ironwork.

Today, in a joint project between the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Royal Museums Greenwich and Imperial War Museums, you are invited to unearth incredible stories through paintings, detailed ship models and intriguing artefacts, including a large and meticulous scale model of the Dockyard which was presented to George III in 1774.

No.1 Smithery is also home to our temporary exhibition gallery which hosts a programme of changing exhibitions throughout the year – all included as part of your entry ticket to the Dockyard.

Maritime Treasures

No.1 Smithery’s main gallery, National Museums: Maritime Treasures features a world class collection of maritime models, art and fascinating objects from the collections of the National Maritime Museum and Imperial War Museums.

Collections & Research

National Museums: Collections and Research is a state of the art environmentally controlled study area and storage space for over 3,000 models and artefacts from the National Maritime Museum’s and Imperial War Museum’s ship model collections.

The Courtyard

At the heart of No.1 Smithery is The Courtyard, a large open space that allows you to view most of the original building with its huge anchor pits, chimneys and rugged industrial feel.

The Pipe Bending Floor

Younger visitors will simply love the Pipe Bending Floor with activities that both educational and fun.

“I was simply blown away by this gallery. The model ships are built as if they were about to set sail. Amazing!”

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Notice to Visitors

As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.

It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.

This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.

Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

We are taking forward orders and enquiries for business ‘post lockdown’ – Master Ropemakers Ltd, film & TV productions, Call the Midwife tours, group travel, weddings, corporate hospitality and conferences.

Last updated: 28 May 2020