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General News29th March 2024

The Historic Dockyard Chatham hosts the signing ceremony of RNLI’s 200th Anniversary Pledge Scroll

Today (29 March 2024), The Historic Dockyard Chatham hosted the signing ceremony of RNLI’s 200th Anniversary Pledge Scroll at the RNLI Historic Lifeboats Collection.

The pledge promises a commitment to saving everyone they can, without judgment – staying true to Sir William Hillary’s vision when he founded the charity in 1824.

Lifesavers from across the UK and Ireland are joining together to sign the scroll to recognise all that the RNLI have achieved as they mark their special 200th anniversary year.

Stephanie Bigsby (RNLI Systems Technician, London), Eileen Allison (RNLI Hon. Treasurer and Souvenir Secretary, Medway) and Ken Sandercock (RNLI Chatham Historic Lifeboat Collection Volunteer) signed the historic pledge in front of RNLI volunteers and visitors of The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The scroll is travelling through RNLI communities far and wide throughout 2024 to help inspire the next generation of lifesavers.


Experience the exhilarating story of the RNLI as the lifesaving charity celebrates its 200th anniversary in our brand-new exhibition for 2024.

In partnership with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, this must-visit exhibition allows you to discover the heroic tales of the men and women who have risked their lives to save others, in times of calm and amidst the most treacherous storms.

Only available for a limited time from 23 March to 1 September 2024, this extraordinary showcase is included in your entry ticket to The Historic Dockyard Chatham, making it a truly unmissable experience for visitors of all ages.  

Stormy Stan’s Chatham Challenge

29 March to 6 May 2024

Embark on an exciting rescue mission with RNLI’s Stormy Stan and the Storm Force Crew this spring. Scatty the Seagull was enticed into a game of hide and seek with Petey and Polly and now there are lifebuoys scattered throughout The Historic Dockyard.

Are you ready to answer the call and lend Stormy Stan a helping hand?

Brace yourself for an exciting quest, complete the safety checks and navigate the twists and turns before rounding up the wayward lifebuoys and restoring order to the Dockyard.

Stormy Stan’s Chatham Challenge

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