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Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust awarded Garfield Weston Foundation Culture Fund grant

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is pleased to announce the Garfield Weston Foundation Culture Fund has awarded the charity a grant of £177,500 to support the rebuilding of audiences following the COVID-19 pandemic. The crucial funding will be used to support the redevelopment of the popular Victorian Ropery gallery at The Historic Dockyard Chatham, telling the 400-year-old story of ropemaking at Chatham – a process that continues to this day. The project will see improved interpretation withi ...

Bridgerton, the real Queen Charlotte and Chatham

Anthony, Benedict and Colin Bridgerton cast in 3 Slip at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
New Netflix series Bridgerton has captured audiences across the nation since its much-anticipated release on Christmas Day. Whilst it has provided brilliant escapism from the reality of lockdown life and allowed us all to live vicariously in high society, some of the show’s key characters have a solid foundation in history. Queen Charlotte (played by Golda Rosheuvel) is one of Bridgerton’s most formidable figures, adorned with lavish gowns, elaborate wigs and a constant desire to be entertai ...

Hidden Heroines: the untold stories of the women of the Dockyard

“Hidden Heroines: the untold stories of the women of the Dockyard” is a new temporary exhibition set to open in No.1 Smithery at The Historic Dockyard in Spring 2021. The exhibition explores the valuable roles women played throughout the Dockyard’s 400-year history, right up to present day. From the women of the Spinning Rooms and Sail and Colour Loft, to tales of stowaways, women masquerading as men and the extraordinary women whose impact left a lasting legacy. The exhibition ...

Once upon a time Wally embarked upon a fantastic journey through the tides of time …

Hey Wally fans! Once upon a time Wally embarked upon a fantastic journey through the tides of time. He stowed away on a sloop, snuck into a saloon coach and sailed through 400 years of maritime history. Not only can you use your best navigation skills to find his hiding places around the Dockyard this October, you can delve a little bit deeper with some of his behind the scenes adventures. There are hundreds of stories of search and find associated with the Dockyard for Wally-watchers to enjoy, ...

Life after lockdown: creating new ways to dine

As a continuation of the work we produced supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, we have decided to publish a weekly blog dedicated to wellness.  We’ve asked a few of our staff, volunteers and organisations we work closely with to write a journal post and diary a day in lock down. These blogs will provide a snapshot of the everyday lives, experiences and well-being of our people. Sammy Edwards Catering Manager Receiving the phone call about returning to work was the just the best feeling! I ...

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art (finally) Revealed

Tattoo British Tattoo Art Revealed 100 Hands exhibit Alice Snape
The major temporary exhibition, Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, was installed at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in March. A week before it was due to open, Britain went into COVID-19 lockdown and The Dockyard had to close to the public. The exhibition has been sat in the dark for four months but, this week, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is thrilled to announce the incredible exhibition is now open. On display in the No.1 Smithery gallery until September 2020, this exhibition offers a ground- ...

Every tattoo makes a statement but what do they mean?

In the Georgian period, the expansion of the British Empire rested on the power of the Royal Navy. Every sailor was proficient with a needle and some turned from mending sails and darning socks to marking each other, presumably using gunpowder and urine for ink. It was thought that gunpowder offered the mystical powers of protection and long life. Improved record keeping by the Royal Navy began to note descriptions of distinguishing marks on sailors’ bodies, including tattoos. These records sh ...

Q&A with our Exhibitions and Collections Officer

Q&A with our Exhibitions and Collections Officer, Helen Brown Helen has worked at The Historic Dockyard Chatham for nearly 8 years and her most recent title as Exhibitions and Collections Officer, means she assists with the logistics and installations of our temporary exhibitions, predominantly in No.1 Smithery. With our latest exhibition, Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, almost here, we used the opportunity to catch up with Helen to discuss what she has to do to ensure the exhibition i ...

Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust to retire

Bill Ferris Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust
Bill Ferris, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust   After 19 years of exceptional service to Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the Chief Executive, Bill Ferris OBE DL, will retire from his role later this year. Trained as an accountant, Bill gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Managerial and Administrative Studies. His involvement in the operational management and leadership of the heritage sector commenced in 1988 when he became the first Commercial Manager of the Yorkshire Mi ...

25 Years of National Lottery Support

Throughout November 2019, the National Lottery is celebrating its 25th anniversary – a landmark achievement and one that has seen National Lottery players raise an incredible £10.3 billion for charities across the UK. Support from National Lottery players (through the National Lottery Heritage Fund) has been truly transformational for Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. We simply would not have been able to achieve what we have over the past 25 years without their support.  In total, the Nation ...

Tattoo Day

Happy Tattoo Day! We wanted to take this opportunity to announce an exciting and genuinely ground-breaking temporary exhibition coming to the Historic Dockyard next year! Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, will open in No.1 Smithery from 28th March – 21st June 2020! We met with the curator, Derryth Ridge, from the National Maritime Museum Cornwall to find out more: The exhibition shows a comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and ...

Family days out in Kent

Looking for activities to do with the family this May Half Term? Here at The Dockyard we’re covering all things… Pirates!! We are delighted to announce that as from Saturday 25th May, our latest temporary exhibition: A Pirate’s Life For Me – which has come straight from London’s V&A Museum of Childhood, will be open to visitors!   This exhibition is based in No.1 Smithery, on museum square, in the heart of The Dockyard. Explore at your own leisure as you ...

Sleep on board HMS Cavalier…

HMS Cavalier
Did you know that you can sleep on board our ship HMS Cavalier, in your school group or youth group? For schools and youth groups, a Crash out on Cavalier experience is available to see what life was like at sea. As a Second World War destroyer, HMS Cavalier is the last standing ship you can visit who served in the Arctic, Western Approaches and British Pacific Fleet. She is also a National Destroyer Memorial commemorating the 11,000 lives and 142 Royal Navy Destroyers lost during the Second Wo ...

The making of an exhibition…

Our next temporary exhibition – Untold Stories: A Celebration of Black People in Kent, opens next Friday 5th October! Preparations are well underway to make the exhibition space in No.1 Smithery into Untold Stories. Keep an eye out on our social media channels to see some behind the scenes photos in the run up to next week! The graphics are going up… The Dominoes are being prepared… And the selfie spots are appearing… Untold Stories: A Celebration of Black People in ...

Dutch Light

     If you have visited us in the last month or so you may have seen an art installation outside No.1 Smithery. This piece of artwork is by the artist Jyll Bradley, co-commissioned by us in partnership with Turner Contemporary, Margate. This artwork is part of the Battle of Medway commemorations – which is shown inside No.1 Smithery – ‘Breaking the Chain’. The work celebrates the long history of Anglo – Dutch cooperation in the development of horticulture that ...

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