December 3, 2013
The Historic Dockyard has received £4.53m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the £8.5m Command of the Oceans project.
Command of the Oceans will secure the repair and preservation of a range of Scheduled Ancient Monuments and 18th century ship’s timbers. It will create world class galleries and visitor facilities to reveal the story and significance of the dockyard and its defences during the age of sail, and will deliver a fitting sense of arrival for visitors – not only to The Historic Dockyard, but also to the potential World Heritage Site – through the creation of 4.5 hectares of public realm and a free-to-enter Discovery Centre.
Chief Executive of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Bill Ferris OBE, notes: “Command of the Oceans is arguably the most significant single project undertaken by the Trust in pursuit of its educational charitable purposes since the “Wooden Walls” gallery opened in the late 1980s. The news that the wonderful Heritage Lottery Fund has again supported us is testament to the ever-increasing significance of our work, the significance of the place and the outstanding creativity of our team. We hope this news will give a major boost to the World Heritage Site bid.”
Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “The Historic Dockyard at Chatham is an extraordinary site that charts Britain’s impressive naval history. We are delighted to be supporting the Command of the Oceans project which will dramatically improve the visitor experience at Chatham and reveal important archaeological finds for the first time.”
The HLF grant unlocks a further £4m including a substantial £3m contribution from the Homes & Communities Agency.
To find out more, please visit http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/News?newsarticleid=389.
October 21, 2013
Chatham Dockyard and its Defences took one step closer to World Heritage Site status today, with the submission to government of a Technical Evaluation.
Sites on the government’s shortlist of potential World Heritage Sites have been invited to submit their case for nomination, detailing how their site is internationally significant, and how it will be protected and managed.
Since Chatham last bid for a nomination date, significant work has been undertaken to set the Dockyard and its Defences apart from international comparators, and to ensure that all planning policy which protects the site, and guides development within it, is assembled in the one document. This has included an expert visit to the existing World Heritage Site of Kronshtadt in Russia, discussions with the assessor of the Karlskrona (Sweden) World Heritage Site bid , and the launch of public consultation on the draft Chatham World Heritage Planning Policy Document (open until 27 October).
The Technical Evaluation presents a compelling case for Chatham, and can be downloaded here.
October 11, 2013
English Heritage will assemble a ‘volunteer army’ to tackle heritage at risk and survey England’s 345,000 Grade-II listed buildings.
This will be a new crowd-sourcing scheme that will enable thousands of passionate heritage enthusiasts to take action on a local level, in partnership with local authorities and other bodies in the heritage sector.
For more information on Heritage at Risk and on volunteering, please click here.
October 10, 2013
The next meeting of the Chatham World Heritage Partnership will take place on Thursday 24th October, from 6.45pm at the University of Greenwich’s Medway campus. The agenda can be found here, and as always, all are welcome.
Please register by 17th October, by email to email@example.com or by calling 01634 331176, noting if you have any special dietary requirements.
Chatham World Heritage Partnership meeting in No. 3 Covered Slip
September 23, 2013
Representatives from 10 European countries met at Fort Amherst from 16th – 17th September to discuss the role of alternative labour forces in supporting the management and promotion of Europe’s most significant fortifications. Presentations included representatives from Suomenlinna (Finland) describing a partnership with the Criminal Justice Board enabling up to 60 prisoners at a time to work on restoration projects, and a presentation from the German delegation on a job creation scheme for long-term unemployed residents of Berlin. Keith Gulvin, from Fort Amherst Heritage Trust explained how volunteering is at the heart of Fort Amherst’s success, from the board of volunteer Trustees, to the role of Friends groups and volunteers in supporting site maintenance and visitor tours.
The EU delegates were joined by local volunteers from the Brompton Research Study Group, Friends of the Admiral’s Gardens, Friends of the Great Lines Heritage Park, Medway Urban Parks and Green Spaces Forum, the Fortress Study Group and Dover Western Heights Preservation Society.
Peter Ros, Project Manager for the project’s lead partner, the New Dutch Waterline said “Fort Amherst was the perfect venue for the At Fort atelier on volunteer effort, since the UK is an European beacon of volunteering excellence, and Medway and its potential World Heritage Site are exemplars of what volunteers can achieve. The lively transfer of experience between partners is a very valuable contribution to our work programme for 2014, and provided many potential topics for future discussion and European co-operation”.