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The Royal Dockyard story in the 19th and 20th century

Come and explore this fascinating gallery with new selfie spots and an interactive quiz telling the story of Chatham after the Age of Sail.

The 19th and 20th century represented times of great change at Chatham Dockyard. Steam, Steel and Submarines explores this defining period of power, strength and adaption to new technology – from the development of iron-hulled warships through to the nuclear powered submarines of the Cold War.

The gallery focuses on social history, incorporating first-hand accounts from dock-workers who witnessed these changes and lived through the painful closure.

Chatham Dockyard, along with the Chatham Port Division of the Royal Navy played a central role in many of the 19th and 20th centuries major conflicts, without their contribution would Britain have been able to maintain such important global influence?

“Had a wonderful day out with the family yesterday, we enjoyed seeing the historic buildings and ships and even more so the Steam and Steel exhibit.”

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