Historic LifeBoat Collection - Chatham

Historic LifeBoat Collection - Chatham The Historic LifeBoat Collection in Chatham Dockyard was founded in 1994.

And now she’s safely installed at Chatham Dockyard! Can’t wait for you all to see her in person next year! But for now, ...
15/12/2023

And now she’s safely installed at Chatham Dockyard!
Can’t wait for you all to see her in person next year! But for now, all of us at the Historic Lifeboat Collection want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and say thank you for all the support you’ve given us this year ❤️

📷 credit - Ian R

That is the dockyard closed for the year to the public! Thank you to all those who visited this year!If you visited, let...
19/11/2023

That is the dockyard closed for the year to the public!
Thank you to all those who visited this year!

If you visited, let us know what your favourite boat to see was! And if you had any chats with our volunteers 😊

That’s a wrap. 🎬

Today was the last day of operations for our attractions, café, and shop. The Dockyard is now closed for the Winter season and will reopen in February 2024.

These are just a few of the faces that you may have seen during your visit(s) this year. Each and every one has helped to make The Historic Dockyard Chatham the engaging and friendly place it is to visit.

Thank you to all of our staff and volunteers (both front of house and behind the scenes) that help to keep this magnificent ship afloat.

And of course, thank you to every single one of our visitors, whether you stepped through our doors to explore our naval history or have a cup of coffee in The Mess Deck through to those of you that have engaged with us online via our website or social channels. We hope that you have enjoyed your time and learned something new.

Please let us know what has been your favourite part of the 2023 season. Did Monsters of the Deep inspire you or did you get swept up in the music and dancing of Salute to the 40s? Drop a comment below and share your favourite memories.

If we don’t see you for Mission Christmas: The Clausometer Catastrophe, be sure to stop by in 2024- we’d love to see you. ⚓️

Today we remember those who have lost their lives through conflict. At Historic Dockyard Chatham, we were able to be par...
11/11/2023

Today we remember those who have lost their lives through conflict. At Historic Dockyard Chatham, we were able to be part of the memorial service next to HMS Cavalier & the National Destroyer Memorial.

The RNLI has ties to World War 2, as during the Second World War, 20 RNLI lifeboats sailed from Ramsgate to Dunkirk to help rescue British & French soldiers on the beaches.

We shall remember them

How fantastic! As mentioned in the original post, Joy James attended the christening of Susan Ashley back in 1948, the b...
20/10/2023

How fantastic!
As mentioned in the original post, Joy James attended the christening of Susan Ashley back in 1948, the boat which now resides at the museum and even features in our profile photo! She’s also been corresponding with one of our lovely volunteers, Ian R through letters and has been a pleasure to talk to 😊

It was a privilege to welcome Joy James to our lifeboat station this afternoon.

Joy made a very generous donation to provide our RNLI volunteer crew with two pairs of high powered binoculars and a tripod for use on our Tamar class lifeboat and at the station.
These binoculars will be a great asset when our crew need to carry out at a search at sea. The pair kept at the station will be used for keeping a watchful eye on all seagoing activities in Sennen Cove.

Joy has a lifelong connection with Sennen Cove and even attended the christening of our former lifeboat 41ft Watson class 'Susan Ashley ' on 2nd October 1948.

We would like to thank Joy for her amazing generosity and support. It is greatly appreciated by us all.

Photo; Joy James with RNLI volunteers Paul Rimmer, Mechanic Richard Brown, Coxswain Ollie George, Christaan Bailey, Dell Allerton- Baldwin, Rich Castle, Alvin Thomas and Izzy Puddiphatt.

Just to let you all know, James Leath will be open to go on once again next week as painting has now been completed!So i...
01/10/2023

Just to let you all know, James Leath will be open to go on once again next week as painting has now been completed!
So if you’re visiting soon, you’ll be able to have a closer look at this lovely boat all done up! ☺️

Recently the RNLI have been doing a Podcast to celebrate the approaching of it’s 200th anniversary. Everyday they’re rel...
30/09/2023

Recently the RNLI have been doing a Podcast to celebrate the approaching of it’s 200th anniversary. Everyday they’re releasing a new episode showcasing the voices of those who have been involved, or lives touched by the charity.

Episode 37 features one of our own volunteers, Paul Severns, and we wanted to share it here

Each boat in the RNLI’s Historic Lifeboat Collection has a tale to tell. We meet the man who ensures their stories aren’t lost to time or tide

All set up & ready to go if you’d like any RNLI merch at the museum today for Salute to the 40’s! Let us know if you’re ...
09/09/2023

All set up & ready to go if you’d like any RNLI merch at the museum today for Salute to the 40’s!
Let us know if you’re coming! We’d love to see you and say hi!

A few photos while the volunteers are having a little break!The progress on BASP has been incredible & she’s looking gre...
02/09/2023

A few photos while the volunteers are having a little break!
The progress on BASP has been incredible & she’s looking great!
And plenty boats today have been having a nice clean 😊

05/08/2023

It may have been a rainy and dreary day but it was still lovely to see happy visitors while us volunteers were cleaning and educating!

Thank you to those who’ve been visiting despite the weather!

It’s very warm today but our volunteers have been hard at work once again!Plus a little question for our visitors! What’...
08/07/2023

It’s very warm today but our volunteers have been hard at work once again!

Plus a little question for our visitors! What’s your favourite boat at the museum? We’d love to know!

It was a warm one today but the volunteers were still hard at work!One of todays tasks was more painting on BASP! Isn’t ...
24/06/2023

It was a warm one today but the volunteers were still hard at work!
One of todays tasks was more painting on BASP!
Isn’t she looking great?

Check out this blog post written by one of our own volunteers about what we do at the Historic Lifeboat Collection!
10/06/2023

Check out this blog post written by one of our own volunteers about what we do at the Historic Lifeboat Collection!

For Volunteers’ Week, one part of the Historic Dockyard that is both simultaneously connected yet different is the RNLI Historic Lifeboat Collection. This gallery aims to educate on the RNLI and what they do, as well as conserve and protect history. Find out more about the role of an RNLI volunteer in Laura Caldwell's blog: https://bit.ly/3qmb409

Todays tasks on top of the cleaning!Some paint on James Leath, sanding down B.A.S.P & also moving some boats about so vi...
27/05/2023

Todays tasks on top of the cleaning!
Some paint on James Leath, sanding down B.A.S.P & also moving some boats about so visitors can have a better view!

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to those who visited us yesterday as part of The Big Help Out to finish off the c...
09/05/2023

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to those who visited us yesterday as part of The Big Help Out to finish off the coronation weekend! We hope you all enjoyed your day!
Also, yesterday we hit 100 followers and want to thank everyone for their love and support for this page, the museum & the volunteers

07/05/2023

Tomorrow is the big help out!
We’re very excited to be able to join the Historic Dockyard with this as part of the coronation celebrations!
Will we be seeing any of you there?

The bunting is up in preparation for the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III & his consort Queen Camilla!
29/04/2023

The bunting is up in preparation for the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III & his consort Queen Camilla!

The Big Help Out is happening on the 8th ofMay as part of the celebrations of theCoronation of His Majesty King Charles ...
19/04/2023

The Big Help Out is happening on the 8th of
May as part of the celebrations of the
Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III!
Here at the museum we will be getting involved
and encourage anyone who's interested in trying
it out for the day!
Learn about what the volunteers get up to &
help preserve the history of the RNLI!
If you are interested in helping out, more info and signing up is available here: https://thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on/big-help-out/

The before & after of BASP!📷 taken by one of our volunteers Chris!
15/04/2023

The before & after of BASP!
📷 taken by one of our volunteers Chris!

Brilliant to see our latest addition, a cut down D Class is already getting some love from our younger visitors!📷 permis...
08/04/2023

Brilliant to see our latest addition, a cut down D Class is already getting some love from our younger visitors!

📷 permission to share this photo was given to us by the parents! So a big thank you to them!

Today we’ve been cleaning up the boats & giving James Leath a fresh coat of white paint!
01/04/2023

Today we’ve been cleaning up the boats & giving James Leath a fresh coat of white paint!

Today marks the 199th birthday of the RNLI! Formed on this day in 1824!To celebrate, the volunteers are having a bit of ...
04/03/2023

Today marks the 199th birthday of the RNLI! Formed on this day in 1824!
To celebrate, the volunteers are having a bit of cake 😊

Happy to announce that The Lifeboat Collection book by one of our own volunteers is now up for sale in the Chatham Docky...
18/02/2023

Happy to announce that The Lifeboat Collection book by one of our own volunteers is now up for sale in the Chatham Dockyard giftshop! This book shows off information about all the lovely boats at the museum
The perfect memento after visiting and available for just £5 😊

Today the volunteers are back! We’re prepping the museum for opening next week on the 11th! Us volunteers will be back e...
04/02/2023

Today the volunteers are back!
We’re prepping the museum for opening next week on the 11th!
Us volunteers will be back every fortnight on the Saturday starting from the 18th, in case anyone who is planning a visit 😊

09/01/2023

A-Z of Dockyard History - H stands for... Historic Lifeboat Collection.

There are currently 20 Lifeboats on display at the Historic Dockyard, which form the largest collection of RNLI Historic Lifeboats in the UK. What is the oldest boat in the collection? It is this 1897 pulling and sailing rowing lifeboat...

From us all at the Chatham historic lifeboat collection, we want to wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2023...
24/12/2022

From us all at the Chatham historic lifeboat collection, we want to wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2023!
We hope to see some of you there when we open again in the new year (dates to be confirmed) ☺️

And that’s us closed up for winter!A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who’ve kept the museum running, and of co...
03/12/2022

And that’s us closed up for winter!
A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who’ve kept the museum running, and of course a big thank you as well to those who’ve visited this year!

Our current project in the museum is restoring B.A.S.P.This boat, built in 1924 is named after 4 people, Mr Blackburn, M...
19/11/2022

Our current project in the museum is restoring B.A.S.P.
This boat, built in 1924 is named after 4 people, Mr Blackburn, Mrs Armstrong, Mrs Smart & Mrs Price.
What we’re doing at the moment is repainting the hull to get her ready for her 100th birthday in 2024!

31/10/2022

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