How You Can Help

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is actively looking for stories, photographs, memorabilia and ephemera about the First World War.  We are particularly interested in finding out about:

  • Dockyard workers
  • Sailors who served on Chatham Division Royal Navy Ships
  • Women workers in the dockyard
  • The first women WRNS at Chatham
King George V visited Chatham and the barracks of HMS Pembroke in 1918.  During his visit he reviewed the newly formed Women's Royal Naval Service.
King George V visited Chatham and the barracks of HMS Pembroke in 1918. During his visit he reviewed the newly formed Women’s Royal Naval Service.

We are trying to build up a bigger picture of those people who helped support the Royal Navy during the First World War.  Without the sacrifice of those who served in the Royal Navy, or worked in the dockyard or provided support at home, much would have been lost.  This is an opportunity to save the personal stories of those remarkable men and women that served during the First World War and that might otherwise be lost to history.

This project will form part of our centenary commemorations building up an archive of stories, pictures and ephemera that will help tell the story of the role of Chatham Dockyard and Division of the Royal Navy throughout the First World War preserved for future generations.  There is also the potential of your story featuring in our 2014 exhibition Valour, Loss and Sacrifice.

If you have a family story, picture of memorabilia that you would like to share with us, please contact library@chdt.org.uk

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