This guided exploration of the Victorian rope-laying highlights the science and technology of the rope making process that has developed over the last 400 years. Which team will produce the most imaginative and commercial design? Each pupil will be given an individual rope sample to take away with them.
Straight off the gun deck of an 18th century warship, the students use their knowledge of chemistry and laboratory practice to create the perfect propellant, then launch a ball bearing from their chemical cannon to outgun the other gun crews.
Students compete to develop their own accurate missiles using Newton’s Laws and principles of aerodynamics to destroy a target. This lively activity is inspired by the Sea Cat missiles on board HMS Cavalier. Nothing beats the satisfying sound of a direct hit!
Stimulated by the National Maritime Museum model collection, teams of students compete to construct and test prototype hull shapes and propulsion systems against their peers. Facing the challenge of the tow tank wind and wave machine, students realise what a difference the knowledge of naval architecture makes to the performance of a ship.
For those groups looking for a less curriculum-focused day out, The Historic Dockyard offers the perfect place for a group of any size as we can easily accommodate even whole Secondary year groups. The site has a wide variety of galleries and attractions, with experiences to appeal to all members of a cohort.
Prices based on a group of 30 pupils
Education and Youth groups (Classes of up to 35 students plus staff) can take part in a unique overnight stay experience on board the Royal Navy’s last operational Second World War Destroyer HMS Cavalier with guided instruction by the Sea Cadets and then enjoy breakfast in one of our on-site restaurants. The sleepover experience can be enhanced with ‘Fish and Ships’ on board and with a full day of activities on the day before or after a night afloat.
Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust welcomes the news that museums and visitor attractions are able to reopen to visitors from 4 July.
We are actively planning to welcome visitors back to the Dockyard as soon as we are safely able to do so but this will be some time after 4 July.
We will make a further announcement to confirm the exact date as soon as we can.
In the meantime, much of Dockyard life has never stopped. Master Ropemakers has started operating again and we are taking forward bookings for filming, group travel and hospitality, including weddings. Call the Midwife Official Location Tours will resume shortly.
We would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.
Last updated: 25 June 2020