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Press Releases

Please see below the latest press releases available for download from The Historic Dockyard Chatham…

50th Anniversary of Public Tours

24 March 2020

April 2020 marks fifty years since the first public guided tour of the Royal Navy Dockyard at Chatham. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is seeking participants of the 1970’s tours to get in touch with stories of tours they took.

Triple Gold for The Historic Dockyard Chatham

12 March 2020

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is thrilled to announce it has been awarded the prestigious Gold Accolade by VisitEngland for the quality of its visitor experience for the third year running.

Fitted Rigging House Completion Celebration

28 February 2020

The Trust celebrated the completion of its £8.2m Fitted Rigging House Project, unlocking the financial sustainability of the charity on a revenue basis and providing much enhanced facilities for visitors, volunteers and the Trust’s nationally significant collection.

The Trust launches new Corporate Plan

28 February 2020

Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE DL, Chairman, The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, launched the charity’s new Corporate Plan outlining the ambitions of the Trust for 2020-2025.

Historic England Chief to join Board of Trustees

5 February 2020

The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive, Historic England, to its Board of Trustees. Mr Wilson will take up the post on 27 February.

Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust to retire

7 January 2020

After 19 years of exceptional service to Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the Chief Executive, Bill Ferris OBE DL, will retire from this role later this year.

The Dockyard awarded grant for The Victorian Ropery

23 July 2019

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has received funding from the Association for Industrial Archaeology for conservation and repair works to machinery within The Victorian Ropery.

HRH The Prince of Wales extends Patronage

11 July 2019

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is delighted to announce that HRH The Prince of Wales has taken the decision to continue his Patronage of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust for a further term.

A Pirate's Life for Me Exhibition

13 May 2019

Arriving straight from the V&A Museum of Childhood, A Pirate’s Life For Me will come to the Historic Dockyard for the first stop on a National tour from 25 May – 8 September 2019.

From Dockyard to Movie Sets

21 March 2019

The Dockyard has been used as many locations for Film and TV, take a look at some behind the scenes stories…

An archaeological find

25 February 2019

At first glance, finding some leather shoes wasn’t the greatest of finds they were hoping for. But after some investigation of them, a superstition attached to their location came clear.

First to sign Mental Health pledge

14 February 2019

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is proud to be signing the ‘Time to Change Employer Pledge’, which publicly demonstrates a commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace.

Winner of Tourism & Leisure at the National RICS Awards

6 November 2018

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is delighted to announce that it has won The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) National Award for best Tourism and Leisure project.

Unlocking our Financial Sustainability

18 October 2018

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis will visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham on 18 October 2018 to formally open our latest capital development project – The Fitted Rigging House.

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