The most complete and best preserved dockyard of the age of sail will increase its impact through innovative reuses of our heritage assets making it ever more relevant to all users, providing excellent experiences for all and inspirational learning for the widest audiences.
As a registered charity, our strategic objectives accord with our founding documents:
To set the benchmark in maintaining excellence in the sympathetic preservation and use of The Historic Dockyard, its buildings, ships and collections through diverse re-use. Excellence in management of the heritage environment and building use will remain essential in preserving the unique, award-winning, historic character of the site.
To engage the widest audiences in learning about the significance and role of the former Royal Dockyard at Chatham and its people
in supporting the Royal Navy from sail to steam to nuclear power over a 400 year period.
Utilising on-site heritage assets as the foundation for an industry leading visitor attraction, we will maximise our reach and capacity
whilst maintaining quality in delivering inspirational programmes and engaging activities which will incorporate the best use of
digital technology and outreach activities.
Providing excellence in everything we do, we will deliver an unmatched, inspirational and memorable experience for all users of The Historic Dockyard – whether they are visitors, tenants, residents or students – that exceed their expectations and maintains a balanced ecology of uses.
As a fully accredited Museum we collect, preserve, study and exhibit objects and materials connected with the history of:
The work of the Trust and all those that operate from its buildings contribute at least £30m to the local economy each year.
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Did you know The Historic Dockyard Chatham contributes over £30m to the local economy each year?
There is a thriving business community with over 100 businesses and organisations based here including the University of Kent, numerous creative industries and traditional craft businesses from a brewery to a blacksmith. Over 400 people also live within The Historic Dockyard’s walls – in its properties that range from historic residences, large and small, to modern new homes.
Our affiliates help us to grow The Dockyard brand. We are hoping to work with various different organisations that we feel not only compliment our brand but they are of interest to our customers.
This is a fairly new page, watch this space!
As with the rest of the world, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is closely monitoring the situation around the global pandemic of COVID-19.
It is with sadness that following UK Government guidelines we have closed our visitor attraction to the public until further notice.
This closure also extends to Call the Midwife Official Location Tours.
Whilst outside of our control, we apologise for any inconvenience caused during this difficult time and would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.
Last updated: 11 May 2020