New for this year
Our temporary exhibitions are housed in No.1 Smithery. We have a changing programme of events and exhibitions each year – all included as part of your entry ticket to the Dockyard.
Dive a little deeper
Take a virtual stroll through our collection of online exhibitions.
Early in the morning of 22 September 1914, three Chatham Division cruisers, HMS ABOUKIR, HMS HOGUE and HMS CRESSY, were spotted by a single German submarine, U9, while on patrol off the Hook of Holland. In little under two hours, U9 had torpedoed and sunk all three ships.
This digital exhibition is a memorial to all those affected by this loss and a resource to help people to find out more.
The untold stories of the women of The Dockyard.
Hidden Heroines challenges the misconceptions and superstitions of women at sea, explores women’s place in war and highlights some colourful characters including Jane Austen’s sister-in-law, Fanny, and Zandra Bradley, the first female apprentice, whilst not forgetting those who continue to work at The Historic Dockyard Chatham to this day.
Blogs & Articles
Dive a little deeper into our Collections with our blogs and articles.
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Library & Reading Room
The Library & Reading Room house our collection of over 6,500 books and manuscripts that focus on ships, shipbuilding, naval architecture and history.
Our Reading Room is open each each day from 11am – 2.30pm but please note the Reading Room is staffed by Volunteers and we may need to close at short notice if Volunteers aren’t available.
The Royal Dockyard at Chatham has existed on this site for over 400 years and today, it is the most complete dockyard of the age of sail in the world.
The dockyard’s role in supporting the fleet linked it to many of the most significant events in history –from the Spanish Armada to the Cold War.