Explore the Collection

Explore the work of the Dockyard and the people who not only built ships at Chatham but served on them for 400 years. Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust cares for over 70,000 objects in its collection – ranging from archaeology, rigging, hand tools, machinery to fine art and photography.


You can search the collections of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. We have shared highlights from our collection, including items recovered from the wreck of the Invincible (1758), examples of hand tools from the turn of the century through to Dockyard closure, books from the Reading Room and examples of ropemaking machinery and ropework from Des Pawson’s collection. Please see the Help topic on the Search for more details on how to formulate your searches.