On Saturday 10 September we will be opening up the ship model stores at No.1 Smithery, The Historic Dockyard Chatham.

For our annual participation in the Heritage Open Days scheme we are running two behind-the-scenes tours. Visitors will find out how we store and look after the collection and will view a selection of models that are not currently on display.

We shall be looking at models in the collection that range from the Egyptian Funerary boat (1850 BC, see image top left) to more recent oil and liquid gas container ships like Helios:

We will also view oddities and rarities like the circular ship Novgorod, the paddle steamer that delivered the largest diamond in the world to Queen Victoria (see image top right), and a submarine Welfreighter that could be disguised as a fishing boat:

The tours will take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm. They are free of charge but numbers are limited so please book in advance. If you wish to visit other sites at the Historic Dockyard a charge for admission applies.

Book your place

Booking contact: Historic Dockyard Bookings Department

Call: 01634 823815 | Email: ohorner@chdt.org.uk 

Bookings close at 5pm on 9 September 2016

Max 12 people per tour/session. Please report to the main visitor entrance at the Historic Dockyard Chatham 15 minutes before the tour is due to start. Visitors will then be met and taken to the No.1 Smithery. This event is suitable for children age 12 or over.

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Main image: Sacred boat of Osiris (c.1850BC) and model of armoured ship Novgorod (c.1873)