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Dockyard Trust

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is an independent charitable trust which generates the majority of its operating income through its charitable and related trading activities.

As a registered charity (No. 292101), Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust's primary charitable objectives are:

  • to secure for the public benefit the preservation of The Historic Dockyard at Chatham in a manner appropriate to its archaeological, historical and architectural importance
  • to promote and foster for the public benefit a wide knowledge and understanding of the archaeological, historical and architectural significance of The Historic Dockyard

Our Board of Trustees is Chaired by Sir Ian Garnett KCB.  Sir Ian Garnett has a distinguished Naval career culminating in his role as Chief of Staff at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.  His association with Chatham dates back to his early years in the Navy when he spent two years living in The Captain’s House in the heart of the area now known as The Historic Dockyard. 

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has achieved much in the last 26 years since its inception, none of which would have been possible without the generous support of many organisations both in terms of financial aid and help in kind.  The funding support gained by our place in the SE Museum Hub under the MLA funded Renaissance in the Regions initiative has continued to be enormously helpful in enabling us to develop new and innovative programmes as well as gain additional support to develop our galleries.  Going into the future, the support of local businesses, Charitable Trusts and Foundations will be important to supporting our work.  Income from our visitors is also very important to the Trust's work, whether through admissions, retail or catering - it all goes towards funding our charitable purposes.

On top of this, we are also supported by over 200 volunteers involved with us here at The Historic Dockyard Chatham.  Caring for the many historic buildings and artefacts, three historic warships and around 130,000 visitors each year means that there are plenty of different roles for volunteers to fill!  The Trust is supported by 5 volunteer groups whose activities range from restoring and running the dockyard’s steam railway to carrying out historical research. 

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