Friday last week was spent at The Historic Dockyard Chatham to talk about launching an exciting new part of the museum opening in 2010. Located on the River Medway, the Dockyard is a unique maritime heritage attraction. For 414 years Chatham Dockyard provided over 500 ships for the Royal Navy, and was forefront of shipbuilding, industrial and architectural technology. Chatham dockyard closed in 1984, and 84 acres of the Georgian dockyard is now managed as a visitor attraction by the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.
Apart from the stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture, the extensive maritime collections and attractions, there are three historic warships. The HMS Gannet (1878), HMS Caviler (1944) and HMS Ocelot (1961), all fully boardable and manned by experts. Because the weather was so good it made it a great experience.
They are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year so well worth keeping up to date on the events and paying a visit.