On your visit make sure you visit the temporary exhibition
‘Fort Amherst – Through Our Eyes’ hosted in conjunction with the Kent Association for the Blind Medway ‘Art Group, as part of Command of the Height’s, a project that links Fort Amherst defences to The River Medway funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
After exploring the Dockyard you can expand your interest in the watery scenes of naval life by engaging with artwork inspired by Fort Amherst, Chatham Dockyard and its Defences. The artworks created by visually impaired artists from the Kent Association of the Blind led by artist Wendy Daws, co-founder of the MESS ROOM.
Its interactive nature make this exhibition a must see; the tactile slate engravings will allow the work to be accessible to all visitors including those with sight impairments and other disabilities. They will be permanently displayed at the newly opened Barrier Road at Fort Amherst from 19th September 2019. The exhibition will allow you to engage with work by locals about the locale, which will continue to increase the knowledge of Kent you have begun to build throughout the Dockyard. A perfect end or beginning to your visit to the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
The Kent Association for the Blind provides support for blind people and those with sight impairments, of any age. Some of their services include transcription (into audio, braille or large print format), talking newspapers, leisure and social support, rehabilitation and more. See the link below for more information.
The Mess Room at Sun Pier hosts artist-led events that engage with the local community, with a focus on blind and visually impaired; deaf and hard of hearing people. More information can be found on the Mess Room’s website linked below.
Kent Association for the Blind – https://www.kab.org.uk/
Mess Room – http://www.messroom.org.uk/