Historic Dockyard Chatham secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment

Date Posted: 03/12/2013

Pictured: An artists' impression of the Defences' Discovery Centre.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has received a grant of £4.53 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support its Command of the Oceans project.

Command of the Oceans will secure the repair and preservation of a range of The Historic Dockyard’s ancient monuments and its 18th century Ship’s Timbers Archaeological find.

The project will create new galleries, interpretation and visitor facilities.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham promotes itself as the world’s best preserved example of a dockyard of the age of sail.

During the 18th century the site played an instrumental role in supporting the Royal Navy secure worldwide supremacy at sea, setting in place the conditions that enabled trade and empire to develop.

Chief executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Bill Ferris OBE, said: “Command of the Oceans is arguably the most significant single project undertaken by the Trust in pursuit of its own educational charitable purposes since the Wooden Walls gallery opened in the late 1980s. We hope this news will give a major boost to the ‘Chatham Dockyard and its Defences’ World Heritage Site bid.”

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust will start the project early next year, with completion anticipated in spring 2016.

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