The School of Music and Fine Art's multi-million pound Medway development is located within the award-winning Chatham Historic Dockyard, a short walk from the University of Kent at Medway's Pembroke campus.
This amazing 20 acre river-front site incorporates a fantastic range of historic buildings, small businesses and exhibition spaces. Medway campus is part of Chatham Maritime which includes a multiplex cinema, a large retail outlet centre and a number of bars and restaurants, all within walking distance of the main campus.
The Medway region itself has excellent transport connections with three major European cities. There are two mainline stations within one mile of the campus and Ebbsfleet International train station is just 30 minutes away and runs direct high speed services to Paris (2hrs 10mins), Brussels (1hr 50 mins) and London (17mins). As a result, our students have easy access to three major European cities and some of world’s best galleries, live music performances, visitor attractions and theatre companies.
Study in a stimulating setting
The University has been regenerating seven historic buildings within the Chatham Historic Dockyard to create bespoke teaching spaces plus professional standard workshops, studios, galleries and rehearsal and performance spaces.
The wider 20 acre dockyard site is also host to a community of small businesses, visitor attractions and exhibition spaces. The Joiners Shop is home to about 40 small creative businesses including design, film, photography and video game companies. Elsewhere in the dockyard you will find a rope maker, a sign writer, a micro-brewery and a forge.
The sheer scale of some of the Dockyard buildings – including the immense Slip 1, 2 and 3 - makes them uniquely suited to the creation of large scale public art projects and exhibitions.
The Dockyard - with its atmospheric nineteenth century buildings and naval heritage - is also a popular film set, with TV programmes and films that have included BBC’s Call the Midwife, ITV’s Jekyll and Hyde, and many feature films, such as The Golden Compass, and the Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jnr.