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As an independent charity, we rely on the generous support of our visitors and guests to help us care for the Historic Dockyard.

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We are an independent charity that engage audiences on the Dockyard’s legendary seafaring and shipbuilding heritage. Through interactive galleries and exhibitions, learning programmes and community outreach, we harness the power of storytelling to share and connect audiences to the colourful story of the Dockyard.

We would be grateful if you would consider making a donation to support our work through our donation partner, Just Giving. All donations to us make a huge difference, no matter how big or small.

How your donation will make a difference

All donations are greatly received and help us to:

HMS Cavalier

Maintain repair and care of our beloved Historic ships including HMS CAVALIER, The National Destroyer Memorial commemorating the 11,000 lives and 142 Royal Navy Destroyers lost during the Second World War.

Preserve our historic buildings of national historic significance (we have over 100 historic buildings in our care to look after).

Support our work at community event where our team of staff and volunteers deliver free activity sessions to families and general public to enjoy.

Support our outreach work delivering wellbeing and reminiscence sessions in the local community.

Support our award-winning STEM learning programme to children and young people, including vulnerable groups.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham from River Medway

Our Charitable Status

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is an independent charity and steward of The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The Trust’s charitable objectives are the preservation of The Historic Dockyard Chatham, the most complete 18th Century dockyard in the world, and the education of the public in its historical, architectural and archaeological importance.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is a registered charity (No. 292101) and continue generates the majority of its operating income through charitable and related trading activities.

This charity raises funds from the public but does not work with professional fundraisers or commercial participators.

Other ways to show your support

We are proud that we generate significant income from our operations and trading functions but we do require funding to enable us to manage our huge maintenance burden and maintain excellence in all the museum and learning services we provide.

There are a number of ways in which you can support us: