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Our Charity

Our Vision

The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be recognised as the world’s most complete and best preserved dockyard of the age of sail.

Sustained by a mix of complementary uses, it will be a maritime heritage destination of choice, giving its visitors a unique understanding of warship design and construction and support of the Royal Navy during Britain’s growth as a world power through to the closure of the dockyard in 1984.


Our Strategic Objectives

As a registered charity, our strategic objectives accord with our founding documents:


To maintain excellence in the sympathetic preservation and use of The Historic Dockyard, its buildings, ships and collections.


To engage the most diverse 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 and nuclear power over a 400 year period.


To provide an unmatched, inspirational and enjoyable experience for all users of The Historic Dockyard – whether visitors, tenants, residents or students – that exceeds their expectations.

As a fully accredited Museum we collect, preserve, study and exhibit objects and materials connected with the history of:

  • The role of the Dockyard and its people
  • The development of Royal Navy warship construction and design
  • The use of the River Medway and its support services and their role in the development of the Medway

The work of the Trust and all those that operate from its buildings contributes at least £16m to the local economy each year.


Our Trustees

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is a registered charity with 11 Trustees responsible for it's governance.

Dockyard Ambassadors

We are fortunate to have a number of proactive Ambassadors who work closely with us to promote the work we do as a charity.

Patron and Vice Patrons

We are privileged to have HRH The Prince of Wales as Patron of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Download our latest Annual Review & Audited Accounts

Did you know The Historic Dockyard Chatham contributes over £29m to the local economy each year?

Our Community

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is more than a museum and visitor attraction, it is also a great place to live and work.

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.


Did you know that it costs over £1m per year to keep The Historic Dockyard Chatham looking as good as it does today? We welcome the generous support from all our donors to help us achieve this.


Many companies, Charitable Trusts and Foundation choose to support The Historic Dockyard Chatham in delivering a range of exciting projects.


Over 300 people currently give their time to support The Historic Dockyard Chatham in a wide variety of roles – from working in our archives to running our historic steam railway.


The Historic Dockyard Chatham has a permanent staff team of approximately 50 people working in four main areas of operations - museum, education & visitor services; estates & maintenance; marketing & communications; and finance & administration.


The Historic Dockyard Chatham is an award-winning site and has won a number of awards in its 30+ year history.


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!

Map of Chatham Dockyard