Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chathm
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A unique, award winning maritime heritage destination with a fantastic range of attractions, iconic buildings and historic ships to explore, PLUS a fabulous programme of temporary exhibitions at No.1 Smithery.

Make rope on the Victorian Ropery Tour; be gripped by stories of life aboard our Three Historic Warships, see BIG ‘things’ in 3 Slip The BIG Space and hear of heroic stories in RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection. Visit the beautiful Commissioner's garden and the Railway Workshop Picnic and Play indoor soft play or the outdoor adventure play areas.

No. 1 Smithery: National Treasures Inspiring Culture is an all round treasure house for the whole family with brilliant new galleries displaying world class maritime treasures from two national museums and a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and family activities.

Steam, Steel & Submarines - explores the Royal Navy’s use of the River Medway in the 19th and 20th centuries, representing a time of power, strength and adaptation, not only in terms of the ships built, but the people behind the dockyard, without which Britain may not have achieved such global influence.

Incredible value for money! With so much to see and do, you can come back again and again with your 12 month ticket. (Terms and conditions apply).

Venue Type:

Ship or maritime heritage site, Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

See www.thedockyard.co.uk as seasonal opening applies:
10 February - 2 December 10am-6pm BST, 10am-4pm GMT
Closed during January and December

Admission charges

TICKETS ARE VALID FOR 12 MONTHS FROM DATE OF FIRST VISIT:

Adults: £24
Concessions: £21.50
Children: (5-15 yrs) - £14
Family: (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children £63
Additional Family Child - £10.50

Discounts available online

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage
Getting there

By Rail: For the Historic Dockyard Chatham please alight at Chatham.
(40 mins from London St. Pancras, 1 hour from London Victoria and 1 hour from Margate)

By Bus: Local Bus Routes Arriva 101, 116 & 190

By Road: Follow brown tourist anchor signs from A2/M2 Junctions 1 or 4, or M20 Junction 6

For Satellite Navagation please use ME4 4TY

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
J.W.M. Turner - Victory at Trafalgar Sketch

Powerful Tides

  • 23 March — 17 June 2018 *on now

Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea is not only a celebration of the artists inspired by The Dockyard and the ships that were built there, but also links The Dockyard back to the waterways and the sea to which it was once intrinsically connected.

The exhibition reflects how Chatham impacted on key artists between the 18th and 20th centuries – names such as John Constable, J.M.W Turner, William Wyllie, Norman Wilkinson and Eric Ravilious – inspired by the engineering wonders created at the Royal Dockyard at Chatham.

The historical works show a transition of styles from the romanticism of shipbuilding, including the actions fought by Chatham built ships in the 18th Century, to the colder industrial perspective of the mid-twentieth Century; where submarines and cranes replaced wooden warships with their towering masts.

The contemporary works included in the exhibition provide a link to the present – how the River Medway, Thames Estuary and the North Sea – all important route ways to the dockyard in its past, still inspire artists today. Nadav Kander’s reflections on the River Medway and the Thames Estuary, Christiane Baumgartner’s photogravures of the Medway’s banks and river; Catherine Yass’ lightbox of the Thames at low tide and Nikolaj Larsen’s extended film portrait of the Thames reflect visually on the river, its banks, bridges and its constantly changing surface. Some artists such as Langlands and Bell’s new work explore the play on words of names of Chatham built ships and the world’s waterways, others such Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) with his Nelson’s Ship in Bottle refer both to British colonialism and its expansion in trade and Empire, made possible through the freedom of the seas and new trade routes, which contrasts with J.M.W Turners The ‘Victory’ Coming up the Channel with the Body of Nelson’.

Richard Wilson’s Ships Opera with its references to sail, steam and diesel and Layla Curtis’ maps of the journey of messages in bottles refers to time and tide, while Tracey Emin’s neon enigmatically glows in the space. Maps and historic models of lightships contrast with Chris Orr’s contemporary engraving and Steffi Klenz’ installation of images of the glowing refracted glass from lighthouse lamps. Anselm Kiefer’s photographs of the sea over laid with drawings of mathematical formulae extends our view of the flow of the river and the sea to the realms of measurement.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a commanding site of history. The exhibition, Powerful Tides: 400 Years of Chatham and the Sea both celebrates The Dockyard, the site’s history and also makes us think of the tidal waterways and seas that the ships and submarines moved over and under.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included within general admission to The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

Website

http://thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on/powerful-tides-400-years-chatham-sea/

Getting there

By Rail: For the Historic Dockyard Chatham please alight at Chatham.
(40 mins from London St. Pancras, 1 hour from London Victoria and 1 hour from Margate)

By Bus: Local Bus Routes Arriva 101, 116 & 190

By Road: Follow brown tourist anchor signs from A2/M2 Junctions 1 or 4, or M20 Junction 6

For Satellite Navagation please use ME4 4TY

Historic Dockyard Chatham
The Historic Dockyard
Chatham
Kent
ME4 4TZ
England

Website

www.thedockyard.co.uk

www.chdt.org.uk

E-mail

info@chdt.org.uk

Telephone

01634 823800

Information Line

01634 823807

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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