This year we will be running our first course at Chatham Historic Dockyard.

The Royal Dockyard at Chatham on the Medway River is a unique site with a rich history in the production of naval ships, including Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. Its closure in the 1980s made a significant impact on the local community, and on Chatham’s long history of building, repairing and supplying ships, which had spanned nearly four centuries. The site has been regenerated and retains more than 90 buildings and structures, of which 47 are listed, with three historical warships in dry docks - HMS Cavalier (1944), HM Submarine Ocelot (1962), and HMS Gannet (1878).

This course will comprise of five talks from expert speakers, covering a range of issues in maritime heritage/ archaeology. The speakers will cover themes on the history and work of the dockyard at Chatham, the built heritage and conservation of maritime architecture at Portsmouth dockyard, and marine archaeology across east Kent.

Lunch will be provided, followed by a chance to visit the dockyard with a guided tour of the site, introduced by the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and led by expert speaker Peter Kendall of Historic England.

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