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No 1 Smithery opens at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Mon 26 July 2010, 9:51 am

A new museum that gives a boss "goosebumps" is set to boost revenue and visitors at Chatham Historic Dockyard. (Sourced from Kent Online.)
No 1 Smithery, a joint venture between Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the National Maritime Museum and the Imperial War Museum, houses some 4,000 ship models and marine paintings that have been hidden away for years.

The new museum opens to the public on Saturday, followed by an official VIP opening ceremony later in the year.

Restoration of the workshop that forged anchors and other metal parts for naval ships from 1808 to the mid 1970s cost more than £13m.

The money has brought back to life a crumbling listed building that faced demolition and recalls the lives of craftsmen who worked in unhealthy conditions but played a vital role in the achievements of the Royal Navy. Recruits were tempted into the hot and sweaty factory by eight pints of beer a day.

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