In preparation for the reopening of The Historic Dockyard Chatham in its 400th year ( which is now only next week!) , a team of volunteers and staff from across The Historic Dockyard and Royal Engineers Museum have been busy cleaning the oversized industrial collection collections of both museums – from donkey boilers and steam locomotives to the Giant Viper mine-clearer and the midget submarine – held at No.3 Slip.
No.3 Slip – The Big Space at The Dockyard was built in 1838 and was the largest wide span timber structure in Europe at the time. Today it plays host to a vast array of exciting objects and vehicles from both the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive collections.
Approximately 40 volunteers joined in with the big clean between 29th January and 2nd February for a unique opportunity to get up close and hands on with these amazing objects. Check out the before and after pictures below to see the brilliant job they did!