The Historic Royal Dockyard Chatham offers a unique visitor experience as the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail. Visitors can discover the secrets of Britain’s maritime history through our media installations in three of its popular exhibitions: The Smithery, Hearts of Oak and more recently Command of the Oceans.
Command of the Oceans is comprised of four new interactive galleries which explore Chatham’s trade roots, the full dockyard story, the mystery of the Namur which was a ship found under the floor and a treasure trove of archaeological objects recovered from the sea bed. We created four films to present the dockyard’s rich history, five interactives where visitors can discover how specific objects were used on ships and custom built software for iPads that are dotted around the galleries where users are invited to discover what happened in that specific area.
Championed for its progressive conservation and carefully selected new materials, Command of the Oceans has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling prize 2017 building of the year.