Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Command of the Oceans

An exciting new project that will deliver a major new gallery telling the story of Chatham Dockyard during the Age of Sail, preserve and interpret the Namur - a unique archaeological assemblage of ships timbers and provide a new visitor entrance & sense of arrival to The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 August 2012 to 12:00 AM, 1 May 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (292101)

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Situation

The preservation and interpretation of a unique archaeological assemblage of ship's timbers is the focus of this fundraising campaign. The timbers make up 25% of the hull frame of the 2nd Rate NAMUR described by archaeologists as "the single most important warship discovery in Northern Europe since that of the Mary Rose". The need to link the heritage sites across Medway is another problem that requires addressing along with the need to greatly improve the entrance and sense of arrival.

Solution

Command of the Oceans will preserve the ships' timbers in a new, purpose built viewing gallery that will incorporate a new visitor entrance and a new sense of arrival to The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The new Discovery Centre will tell the story of Chatham Dockyard and it's defences, unlocking the potential of the world class naval and military heritage sites across Medway.