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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.

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.

Click to see Collections Development Policy 2017- 2022

Recent Acquisitions

Progress on the Works at Chatham Dockyard for DOC.2635

This document records the rate, number of guns and name of the ship in repair at Chatham Dockyard. It provides details of the nature of the repair work, the date when the work began, proposed finish date and the number of shipwrights, caulkers, joiners and house carpenters working on each repair.

First completed page records the ships worked on 2nd July 1734, the second for the 9th July 1734. Ships named include UNICORN, CHATHAM, ROYAL SOVERIEGN, CHICHESTER, CAMBRIDGE, ELIZABETH AND NEWARK.

Photograph of Chatham Dockyard Smithery Officers and Prize Winners (Tug of War), 1914 PHA.26770



For donation enquiries, please contact the Exhibitions and Collections Officer via or fill in the enquiry form below.

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