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at The Historic Dockyard?

Call the Midwife Official Location Tours 2021

Three midwives in blue dresses and red cardigans. Two midwives holding bikes, one midwife standing next to a car
Explore where the real drama happens as a costumed midwife takes you on a walking tour of our historic site. With a picture book to help trigger your memories, you’ll spot the familiar filming locations and see just how Neal Street Productions transform a 400 year old site back to the 1960s. ...

Hidden Heroines

A new, temporary exhibition for 2021. Hidden Heroines: the untold stories of the women of the Dockyard celebrates extraordinary women in Chatham Dockyard’s history who campaigned for change, fought against the odds and whose impact left a lasting legacy. ...

Talk: Fanny Palmer Austen: Challenges and Achievements in Making a Family Home onboard HMS Namur

As part of our Hidden Heroines talks programme, Sheila Johnson Kindred, author of the award-winning book, Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen (2017), will talk about Fanny Austen’s unusual experiences as a naval wife and mother. ...

Medway Rapture Gaming & Creative Festival

Supported by Medway Council, Medway Rapture Gaming and Creative Festival takes place at The Historic Dockyard Chatham on on Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 July 2021. The weekend family-fun festival, will have something for everyone – from gaming pros to novices. There will be plenty of gaming fun and interactive exhibitions for people of all ages to get involved in, including children, families and students. ...

Talk: Mary Lacy, The Female Shipwright, in Context

Mary Lacy was the first known female Shipwright. In May 1759, aged 19, Lacy changed into men’s clothes, travelled to Chatham and joined the crew of the newly launched 90-gun ship Sandwich as Carpenter’s Mate under the name of William Chandler. Join us on Thursday 15 July, when Dr. Margarette Lincoln will explore Mary Lacy’s biography, published in 1773. ...

Railway Days (24 & 25 July)

Ajax on the historic railway at The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Savour the bygone age of steam when the beautiful locomotives from our historic railway run through the ‘yard… ...

Doc. Yard’s Summer Show

Doc.Yard Secret Lab The Historic Dockyard Chatham
After a year of lockdown’s and self-isolation, Doc. Yard is bursting with excitement to escape from his secret lab and share his love of science with you this summer holiday. Budding scientists will have enormous fun with forces as Doc and his able assistant Bunsen explore how forces shaped the Dockyard. ...

Salute to the ’40s 2021

Get ready for a party to end all parties! By postponing the event for 2020, we’re have all our energy focussed on making sure 2021 will be the best Salute to the ’40s – ever! Start planning your vintage outfit and perfecting your victory rolls now. The wartime spirit is very much alive and we’ll meet again on 18 & 19 September 2021. ...

Talk: ‘On War Service’ – Women in the Royal Dockyards during the First World War

Much is known about Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses, the ‘Land Girls’, and those that served in military organisations such as the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) but less is known about the women who helped to keep the Royal Navy afloat. Dr Melanie Bassett will explore aspects of work, womanhood and widowhood to highlight their wartime experiences. ...


Eat alongside historic Locomotives in our our Wagon Stop Canteen. Hugely popular with our visitors and serving a hearty ‘workshop’ menu - ‘doorstep’ sandwiches, hot Kentish pies, cakes and delicious Kentish ice cream.



The Mess Deck serves the great British favourites, including our legendary fish and chips, all to be enjoyed sitting in an extraordinary building and outside terrace area.


Latest blog articles

... dig a little deeper

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Curator, a Master Ropemaker or a Visit Maker? We regularly take you behind the scenes with our blog articles giving you a small insight into our people as well as sharing some of the fascinating stories from our historic site.