The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Land Design Studio
Photos © The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
Chatham Dockyard played a vital role supporting the Royal Navy for more than 400 years. Now the Historic Dockyard museum, created on the site, has used the latest technology to revisit its past glories in a vivid way.
An outdated exhibition which used mannequins to tell the story of shipbuilding in Chatham in the 1800s comes to life again through new characters, storytelling and digital installation techniques.
A highly collaborative approach between all of the teams on this project allowed for the discussion of how best to create a story which would engage and entertain the visitor throughout. Faultlessly smooth and reliable operation was expected from the new systems, with a high degree of flexibility allowing different operating modes to be chosen according to visitor profile, including a facility to change sub-title language for specific groups.
The success of the exhibition relies on the timing of the exhibits and strength of the storytelling as you step back in time to 1806 to follow the character of retired master shipwright John North who takes his grandson on an informative journey through his life as ship’s carpenter on the Valiant, and watch as the grandson tries to make a decision on whether to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps or be seduced by the glamour of Lord Nelson’s Royal Navy.