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The new Geography Unit of work ‘Changing Places’ expects students to be able to study a local and contrasting location in detail, focussing on the factors and processes which impact on the location and they change and develop over time.

The Historic Dockyard is an ideal location to carry out such a study.

From its early development as a Royal Dockyard during the 17th and 18th Century, the site played a vital role in supporting the British fleet during the Age of Sail and beyond.

The Dockyard’s position as a major employer of the local population drove the growth of the town of Chatham itself and the closure of the Dockyard in 1984 after 400 years of continuity led to the disbanding and disillusionment of this workforce.


The subsequent redevelopment of the site and formation of a governing Trust and its eventual development as a visitor attraction, together with the redevelopment of Dockyard land into modern housing and amenities as the new St Mary’s Island development and Marina has produced the urban landscape that we see today.

The timeline of growth and prosperity, leading to economic growth and increased population, followed by closure and demise of the Dockyard and the resultant economic and social impact on the town of Chatham, makes this an ideal location of study for the Changing Places unit of work.

A Level Geography specification