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Press Releases

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

Loughborough University Chief to join Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

5 November 2021

The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Robert Allison CBE, the recently retired Vice Chancellor and President of Loughborough University, to its Board of Trustees.

Published curator to lead Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust’s Ropery renovation

22 September 2021

Published Naval Curator Nick Ball has joined Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust as Collections, Galleries and Interpretation Manager, ahead of renovations to its Ropery gallery.

Partnership with Bloomsbury Children’s Books announced on ‘Talk Like a Pirate’ day

19 September 2021

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust AARRRR pleased to announce a partnership with Bloomsbury Children’s Books to celebrate the bestselling piratical adventure Pirate Stew, written by award-winning storyteller Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell.

Award-winning Estate Manager boosts Trust’s Historic environment and buildings team

6 September 2021

Chartered Surveyor and winner of the WeAreTheCity Rising Star of the Year award, Jessica Hopkins, has joined Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust as Estate Manager.

Dockyard wins Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for 10th consecutive year

19 August 2021

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has won the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award, which recognises outstanding visitor experiences, for the 10th year running.

Dockyard’s heritage building rated top sustainable structure in triple awards win

17 August 2021

A Grade I listed building, originally used by dockyard workers to make rigging for warships in the 19th century, has been ranked top in three categories of a prestigious architecture awards programme.

It's time to meet again ... The D-Day Darlings headline at The Historic Dockyard’s 1940s festival

16 August 2021

The UK’s premier wartime ensemble, The D-Day Darlings, is set for ‘sweet’ sessions at The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s must-visit vintage weekend, Salute to the ’40s this September.

Trust strengthens heritage team

29 July 2021

Engineering expert James Morgan, has joined Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust as Heritage Engineering and Historic Ships Manager.


23 July 2021

With the Great British Summer you never know whether it’s going to rain or shine but what better way to cool off or shelter from a shower than aboard a historic warship or inside a vast, ¼ mile long working ropery – all part of The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s sensational summer adventures.

The power of the arts in Medway

19 July 2021

In partnership with the Mess RoomKent Association for the Blind, Peer Arts and Deaf Peer Arts, we are pleased to open a exhibition that has kept sight impaired, blind, deaf or hard of hearing artists connected through the pandemic.


12 June 2021

Bill Ferris OBE DL, recently retired Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, has been awarded a CBE for services to heritage in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

From sewing flags to engineering apprenticeships meet the extraordinary women of Chatham

5 May 2021

We tend to think of our naval heroes as men, now, a new exhibition is poised to challenge such preconceptions and reveal the variety of roles women played on land and at sea.

Dockyard displays creativity to celebrate arts and help reduce stress

14 April 2021

An interactive art exhibition has been launched by Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, as part of its ongoing commitment to mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.


2 April 2021

The Trust has received a grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help reopen to visitors and support its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust's first curator to retire

19 March 2021

After 36 years’ service, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust’s Director of Heritage, Visitor Experience and Learning, Richard Holdsworth MBE, will retire from his role this summer.

New exhibition revealed on International Women's Day

8 March 2021

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, the Trust is pleased to reveal details about its upcoming exhibition, Hidden Heroines: the untold stories of the women of the Dockyard.

New creative space at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

25 February 2021

Medway Council, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and the University of Kent’s Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (iCCi) has announced the development of an innovative new creative space for Medway.

Trust awarded Garfield Weston Foundation Culture Fund grant

5 February 2021

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is pleased to announce the Garfield Weston Foundation Culture Fund has awarded a grant of £177,500 to support the rebuilding of audiences.

Will Joe Biden choose the Chatham-built Resolute Desk?

14 January 2021

With Joe Biden taking up residence in the White House, we are wondering whether he will choose to sit behind the Resolute Desk to run the country?

Where's Wally? Spooky Museum Search!

23 September 2020

This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Come and join the search.

Trust Appoints New Chief Executive

5 August 2020

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Morsley as its new Chief Executive. Richard succeeds Bill Ferris OBE DL, who has held the position since 2000.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art (finally) Revealed

27 July 2020

The exhibition has been sat in the dark for four months but, this week, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is thrilled to announce the incredible Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition is now open.

Dockyard shortlisted for national award for lockdown activities

22 July 2020

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home.

Dockyard rewards NHS and Emergency Services with exclusive opening and free tickets

17 July 2020

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is opening the gates for free, from Wednesday, July 22 until Friday, July 24 exclusively for Blue Light Card holders.

Dockyard raises the anchor and sets sail for summer

15 July 2020

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is excited to announce it will be reopening The Historic Dockyard Chatham to visitors on Saturday, July 25th.

Ropery wheels back in motion at The Historic Dockyard

10 June 2020

Due to UK Government Covid-19 restrictions Master Ropemakers Ltd was forced to close in March 2020 – a closure that has not occurred in the 400-year history of rope making at Chatham.

Honouring Mental Health Awareness Week

19 May 2020

Current living and working situations present challenges for everyone. In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has released a series of initiatives to encourage people to look after their mental health.

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.