CDHS Activities

    image of HMS/M Oberon Launch Programme(Left: The Launch Ceremony Programme of HMS/M Oberon. [image credit - N Jennings])

    The society members have a variety of activities aimed at assisting the public to appreciate the contribution made by Chatham Dockyard in keeping the ships of the Royal Navy in fighting trim.

    All our activities are run on a voluntary basis and include:

    Manning the Museum of The Royal Dockyard

    In conjunction with CDHT, we staff the Museum between 10.30am to 4.30pm seven days per week from February to late October each year and then at weekends only until end November.

    Visitors are free to inspect the contents and displays in the Museum at their own pace. Our CDHS members are always available to answer questions or to lead a conducted tour. Please just ask upon entering the Museum.

    Research Papers

    Over the years members have researched a considerable number of subjects appertaining to the Dockyard and the Royal Navy. The resulting information has been collated into pamphlet form and are on sale to the general public. Many research topics are reported on and written articles often appear in our CHIPS Journal. (See a list of CDHS Research Papers in a new window with a PDF viewer.)

    We are in the process of making a collection of computer CD-ROMs each covering a specific subject such as :- Chatham built ships, Ships badges, etc. Please ask for more information.

    Royal Dockyard Library

    The CHDT and CDHS jointly have an extensive nautical library, considered by many to be one of the best in the south-east. A new disabled access lift has been installed to ease access to this first floor library area. 

    At the present time the Royal Dockyard Library & Reading Room is only available to CDHS members or private researchers who have made a previous appointment. By pre-arranging a visit to the Library it enables us to find appropriate documents and have them ready for your visit. 

    Public Enquiries

    Research is undertaken on behalf of members of the public who have specific queries concerning the Dockyard or the Royal Navy. In the event that we do not have the required information we can very often advise on a likely source that the enquirer can try.