Unlocking Amazing Heritage For You
Construction works have now started for our major new Command of the Oceans project.
This exciting project will:
• unlock access to amazing heritage, history and stories of the dockyard of the age of sail through four new museum galleries centred on the conservation, long-term preservation and interpretation of the NAMUR, the ‘ship beneath the floor’ archaeological find, a highly significant Chatham-built warship of the heyday of the age of sail.
• deliver a new visitor arrival experience to both the Historic Dockyard and Chatham’s wider naval and military historic sites through the repair and restoration of 4.5 hectares of historic landscape, with new undercover car parking, entrance, discovery centre, restaurant and shop.
The Historic Dockyard’s Ropery, museum galleries, historic ships and other attractions remain open as usual and are not affected by any of these works. However there may be some slight disruption to some of our normal visitor facilities whilst we make these dramatic improvements with first class temporary facilities for ticketing and admissions; catering, and Dockyard Shop in place for the 2015 visitor season.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Command of the Oceans Project Update 29 September 2014
Over the last few weeks the Brunel canal, which lay buried under the South Mast, has been excavated to its required depth for permanent exhibition. The process revealed an extraordinary number of artefacts which has provided a real insight into when the canal must have been filled in. The most interesting ‘finds’ to date have been a wonderfully preserved Victorian water pump, a number of historic timber wheel hubs and glass bottles.
The new road has now been completed in front of the ‘Slips’ therefore allowing access to No.5 slip, which is the new designated visitor parking area. Parking to the open air ‘South Mast Pond’, historically used for visitor parking, will now act as an overflow car park.
Visitor parking remains FREE and new signage is in place to guide you to No.5 Slip.
Over the coming week, the Contractor will continue landscaping work by the North Mast Pond and the installation of the large feature granite blocks to the South Mast Pond perimeter.