HMS Unicorn lecture series: The History of Chatham Historic Dockyard

Event Date:
Start at 12:00 AM
May 25, 2021

Join HMS Unicorn for the fifth in our series of online talks for 2021 – “The History of Chatham Dockyard”

Founded in 1570, Chatham Dockyard quickly became one of the most important naval yards for the repair and building of warships, maintaining a pre-eminent position for the next 400 years. Located on the River Medway, in all, the yard was responsible for the construction of over 500 warships, including HMS Unicorn.

This talk will look at the history of Chatham Dockyard and its place within the overall historical context of naval dockyards and naval construction.

This talk will be given by Philip MacDougall, an author and former lecturer at the University of Kent. He has written extensively on the theme of nations preparing for war and has a particular interest in the naval dockyards (especially those along the South Coast and London) together with inter-war aviation.

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This event is free and takes place on Tuesday 25th May at midday GMT.