Naval & Dockyard Personnel Records
We hold very few records for either Naval or Dockyard Personnel. When Royal Dockyard Chatham closed in 1984 the Ministry of Defence removed all records still held on site. Those that we have in our collections are ones that have been donated to us, usually by families of former dockyard workers or Chatham Ratings.
More recent records are available from the Ministry of Defence via their website.
Some older yard pay books and muster books are archived at The National Archives at Kew. Their website gives further information about the type of records they hold and how to search them.
As a fully accredited museum we collect, preserve, study and exhibit objects and material directly connected with the history of:
- The role of the dockyard and its people;
- The development of Royal Navy warship design and construction; and
- The use of the River Medway by the Royal Navy and its support services, and their role in the development of Medway.
Our collections cover a wide range of objects and archival material; including three historic warships, 18th century manuscripts and over 10,000 photographs – to find out more download a copy of our Collections Development Policy (below).
We are actively collecting – if you have an item that you would like to donate that tells a part of the Dockyard story, please contact us using the form below. The more detail you tell us about the item the better as it will help us understand its connection to Chatham Dockyard. Where possible include images of the item.
Please note that we cannot guarantee that items in our collection will go on public display. Items in storage are available for viewing via prior appointment.