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Behind the Scenes18th May 2024

International Museum Day

This year’s International Museum Day theme is “Museums for Education and Research.”

To celebrate, we are highlighting the work of two of our Conservation Volunteers, Kirsty and Cecilia.

As history students at university who hope to move on to a career in conservation, volunteering at The Historic Dockyard Chatham has allowed them to be a part of the team that preserves our diverse collection.

Through volunteering, Kirsty and Cecilia have gained knowledge and experience of the practicalities of preservation work.

“Volunteering at the Dockyard has enabled me to learn a range of new skills. Being able to gain hands-on experience, alongside in-house training, is helping me strive towards the career I want, seeing how I am learning about how conservation works while actively taking part in looking after these amazing pieces of history. It’s extremely enjoyable because there’s a freedom to how you choose to work and learn and to me, the hands-on way is the best, especially in this area of conservation and preservation.” – Kirsty

“Volunteering at the Dockyard has been invaluable to me in a personal sense and the best possible start to what I hope will be a long, passionate career in Conservation. Our whole team is hardworking and enthusiastic, and it is a brilliant environment to thrive in.” – Cecilia

You might spot Kirsty and Cecilia hard at work in No.3 Slip.

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