Chatham historic dockyard trust
Preserving maritime history
For more than four centuries Chatham was one of the most important centres of warship building and repair. During the 17th and 18th centuries, it became one of the country’s largest and most important industrial sites.
The Royal Dockyard at Chatham closed in March 1984, bringing more than 400 years of service to a close.
Today, under the custody of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, it is the world’s most complete dockyard of the Age of Sail and is home to over 100 buildings and structures, including 47 Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
As a registered charity that employs over 140 people, the Trust aims to not only set the benchmark in maintaining excellence in the sympathetic preservation and use of The Historic Dockyard Chatham, its buildings, ships and collections through diverse re-use, but also to engage the widest possible audiences in learning about the significance and history of the former Royal Dockyard.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is much more than a museum and heritage site – it’s a place where over 100 businesses have chosen to locate, that over 400 people call home and where over 600 people study with the University of Kent.
We work in a number of different ways to fulfil our charitable objectives of preservation and learning. The majority of our operating income is generated through these charitable activities as well as a range of commercial trading activities.
Without the help of generous supporters, we would not have achieved as much as we have over the past 30+ years and we thank all of those that have supported us over that time. We are proud that we generate significant income from our operations but we do require funding to to manage our huge maintenance burden.
Kent & Medway Museums National Portfolio Organisation
A consortium of four museums funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) to work together to deliver excellence in the use of collections and to inspire learning, creativity and wellbeing to existing and new audiences in their communities.
Filming & Venue Hire
Where else can you hold a business meeting among the very timbers where legendary Admirals have planned historic battles? Say your wedding vows under sails that have witnessed timeless stories of love and loyalty across the world’s oceans? Or celebrate special occasions in rooms where illustrious heroes have rejoiced in their greatest victories?