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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. ...

Mission Explore: Climb the Ranks

I’m the Captain’s Cat. I live in Commissioner’s House but you’ll see me out and about around the Dockyard. This summer, the Captain has set me a tough mission – I need to recruit a new crew, a crew with a thirst for adventure but one that is well equipped with the skills to weather the most fierce storms. Do you have what it takes? ...

Salute to the ’40s

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 1940s vintage festival – 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. ...

Photography Workshops (25 September, 30 October, 21 November)

As an 80-acre site with over 40 scheduled listed monuments and buildings, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is packed full of striking architecture inside and out. Our Photography Workshop provides an opportunity to go behind the scenes and get under the skin of the Dockyard.  Led by experienced local photographer Louise Hubbard, you’ll learn how to capture the best architectural photographs with subjects ranging from Victorian buildings to Historic Warships ...

Messy Deckers

Our bi-weekly, baby-friendly coffee morning in partnership with Mama Matters – Medway. Come along for a tea and cake with other local mums.   ...

Pirate Stew Discovery Trail

Ahoy, me hearties! We AARRRR pleased to announce a partnership with Bloomsbury Children’s Books to celebrate the paperback publication of the bestselling piratical adventure Pirate Stew, written by award-winning storyteller Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell. Come and join Long John McRon, Ship’s Cook, on a new discovery trail around Historic Dockyard this October ...

Railway Days (9 & 10 October)

Rochester Castle 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… ...

British Sign Language Tour

The Historic Dockyard Chatham from River Medway
Join us on Saturday 9 October for a British Sign Language (BSL) tour of The Historic Dockyard Chatham and discover 400 years of world class maritime history, through buildings, ships, architecture and people. ...

The Showman and the Chartist

Medway African and Caribbean Association in association with Mrs Baker’s Medway Theatre Company presents, The Showman and the Chartist ...

Audio Described Tour: Highlights of the Dockyard

HMS Cavalier
Discover 400 years of world class maritime history, through buildings, ships, architecture and people on a specially tailored event for blind and visually impaired audiences and their families, with trained facilitator, Wendy Daws. ...

Christmas Wreath Making Workshops (28 November, 5 December, 12 December)

Back by popular demand, our Christmas Wreath Making Workshops are not to be missed. Join the Master Ropemakers and spend the afternoon in the festive surrounds of The Mess Deck. Bring your Christmas wreath ideas, choose your colour scheme, get creative and learn how to make a unique Christmas wreath to hang proudly on your door. ...

THE WAGON STOP CANTEEN

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.

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MESS DECK

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.

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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.