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The Historic Dockyard Chatham

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is home to three historic warships, museums, galleries, the Victorian Ropery and much more.


The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust runs The Historic Dockyard, which is the finest example of a Dockyard of the Age of Sail anywhere in the world. As a fully accredited museum, the Trust aims to collect, preserve, study and exhibit objects and materials connected with the history of the role of the dockyard and its people, the development of Royal Navy warship design and construction, and the use of the River Medway by the Royal Navy and its support services.

Rewards 2017-18

The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust will be offering a range of rewards for 2017-18 including:

One work experience in the Education and Learning department, assisting in the facilitation of workshops and educational programmes. This is only available to students interested in pursuing a teaching related career.

An exclusive work experience placement in their marketing department, available to students interested in a marketing related career.

Another two work experience in the collections department, working on an archival project, available to students with an interest in history and archives.

Lastly, there will be a placement focused on community outreach, planning and delivering events.

Case Studies 2015-16

Through the EP scheme, Katherine Bosworth, School of European Culture and Languages, Silvia Radossi, Kent Business School and Yasar Yilmaz, School of Bioscience, all had the chance to take part in work experiences at the Historic Dockyard.

Yasar was tasked with planning and assisting educational events, aimed at school children, focused on the Sciences. Yasar, who is currently completing his Masters degree, explained how he wanted to develop his scientific communicational skills and through this placement, he has managed to gain some valuable experience. Additionally, Yasar has been tasked with researching scientific experiments, which feature as a part of the Dockyard’s workshop, Doc Yard.

Silvia has been working within the Marketing Department, a placement which complements her desire to start a marketing career in the entertainment industry. During her 2-week placement, Silvia has been tasked with undertaking website analysis, replying to Trip Advisor reviews, assessing the pricing structure and completing market research projects.

Katherine has been working in the Education and Learning Department and her experience has largely focused on working with groups of young children. Katherine is considering a career in teaching, potentially focusing on languages, and this has provided a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience. Katherine was also tasked with creating a guide for families for a new exhibit, a walking tour guide and a scavenger hunt!

The students collectively agreed that their experiences have been fantastic in providing an insight into their respective areas and as Katherine commented: 'I have enjoyed everything! It is fascinating to see how the Dockyard operates and targets different demographics, particularly children and families.'

Silvia agreed, stating that: 'Overall this is a nice place to work - everyone is so friendly and I always look forward to go to work.' The EP team would like to thank the Historic Dockyard Trust for their continued support of the EP Scheme and for more information on visiting the Dockyard, please see here.

For the full story of their experience at the Dockyards see here. See the 2014-15 case study here.



OPENING ON SATURDAY...We are delighted to have 'A Pirates Life For Me' ...a touring exhibition from the V&A Museum… https://t.co/eNjPJCyuqi

Posted about 18 hours ago

A lovely sunny day - perfect for our lunchtime midday mile group! #hellosummer https://t.co/mPS2tasIfi

Posted about 19 hours ago

Don't forget for May #half term it's all about #Pirates! During this week The Dockyard will be filled with Pirate… https://t.co/7LrWphot5n

Posted 1 day ago

Spent the morning on HMS Gannet (1888) pretending to be a pirate as part of my work experience! #workexperience



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2016-17: Work experience placements focused on marketing, education and heritage.

2015-16: The Historic Dockyard provided work experience placements in the Education and Learning Department, marketing, event planning and archives.

2014-15: The Dockyard provided work experience placements in the education and learning department and visitor operations. Additionally, there were two work shadowing placements in their marketing team, as well as a workshop on how the Dockyard operates as both a tourist attraction and a charity. See here for the 14-15 case study.

2013-14: The Historic Dockyard Chatham offered one student a 3-week work experience placement in the education and learning department, assisting with facilitation of workshops and educational programmes. Two work shadowing placements were also offered, one in the marketing and communications department and another in the education and learning department. Finally, 20 students were offered the chance to attend a workshop, orientated towards organising school trips.

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Last Updated: 19/09/2017