Command of the Oceans
Command of the Oceans – Opening Spring 2016
Superb interactive galleries take you on a voyage back to the ‘age of sail’ - a time when the people of Chatham Dockyard built ships like HMS Victory for the Royal Navy, helping to establish worldwide command of the oceans. Using the latest exhibition design and technology, powerful stories are unearthed, revealing the incredibly important role Chatham Dockyard, its defences and its people played during this significant period of British Maritime History.
Two internationally significant maritime archaeological discoveries: The timbers of Namur (1756) intriguingly laid to rest ‘beneath the floor’ of the Wheelwrights’ shop and the Invincible (1758) collection of objects recovered from the sea bed, will be central to the superb new interactive galleries that reveal the Dockyard’s previously untold story. New visitor facilities including a free to enter discovery centre encouraging the exploration of other local, related heritage sites, new car park, entrance, restaurant and shop complete the transformation of The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s visitor experience.
In 2016, The Historic Dockyard Chatham can fully reveal - for the first time - Chatham’s complete and truly astonishing story during the age of sail.