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Economic Impact

29 (£) Million

Total Contribution to the local economy each year

64 Increase

since 2012 (last economic impact study)

190000 Visitors

Contributing £2.6m to the economy each year

550 People Employed

On the Historic Dockyard site per annum

388000 (£) Spent

On goods and services per annum directly benefiting the local economy

110 Businesses

Based at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Research undertaken by DC Research shows the enormous economic impact of The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham supports more than 500 jobs and brings in around £30m into the local economy, according to a recently completed report on its economic impact to Kent and Medway – undertaken by DC Research. The report, which considers all operations, beyond merely the impact on visitors, demonstrates that the dockyard is now contributing in excess of £30m to the local economy each year, with growth still to come.

Bill Ferris OBE, Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust said; “As a charity we are driven by our twin objectives of preservation and education but since our formation in 1984 we have also been committed to playing an active role in the regeneration of Medway, through our strategy of re-using historic buildings for productive purposes and developing a vibrant tourism destination. This study demonstrates that this strategy is now making substantial returns on the investment in this amazing place”.

The stated annual economic value of more than £30m a year, with more than 500 jobs generated and 800 students educated on the site is itself impressive compared with many traditional independent museums and heritage sites and demonstrates an incontestable regeneration impact.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust was established by government in 1984 to develop and implement a charitable based business model to secure the future of the internationally significant 80 acre heritage site formally under the ownership and management of HM Government when it formed part of the much larger Naval Base complex. In a poor state of repair its 100 buildings and structures, 47 of which are Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM), were estimated to require £20m+ of investment just to make them wind and weather tight. Government provided the Trust with £11m at the time of which £3.2m had already been committed to the repair of a single building, the ¼ mile long Ropery. Their scale, poor repair, historic significance and location in the post-industrial Medway Towns, where unemployment was at 27% following the Navy’s withdrawal, made the challenge of creating a sustainable future for the site via the achievement of the twin charitable goals of preservation and education a daunting one by any standards. CHDT has made remarkable progress in creating a truly sustainable future for the site and our education services which also contributes in a broader sense to Medway. More still needs to be done and we are committed to maintaining momentum.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Notice to Visitors

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust welcomes the news that museums and visitor attractions are able to reopen to visitors from 4 July.

We are actively planning to welcome visitors back to the Dockyard as soon as we are safely able to do so but this will be some time after 4 July.

We will make a further announcement to confirm the exact date as soon as we can.

In the meantime, much of Dockyard life has never stopped. Master Ropemakers has started operating again and we are taking forward bookings for filming, group travel and hospitality, including weddings. Call the Midwife Official Location Tours will resume shortly.

We would like to thank all our visitors for their understanding during this challenging period.

Last updated: 25 June 2020