On Saturday, 21st March, Dr
Chris Ware will lead a tour around the Historic Dockyard at Chatham. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of
History at Greenwich University and he was formerly at the National Maritime
Museum, Greenwich. Some of you remember
the splendid tour he gave us there a couple of years ago.
Before its closure in 1984, the Royal
Naval Dockyard on the River Medway was responsible for the construction of some
of our most famous sailing ships such as HMS Victory, which EMAS has previously
visited at Portsmouth. The dockyard
covered some 400 acres and has shipbuilding records going back to 1646. The far eastern part of the dockyard is still
a commercial port, but a very significant part of the old dockyard has been
restored and opened up as a “museum” to commemorate the period when sailing
ships ruled the waves.
Stonehenge is part of an 800 acre World
Heritage Site where recent excavation has proved the sheer complexity and time
span of this prehistoric site. A new
Visitors’ Centre has recently been designed to reflect these latest
discoveries. It seemed time to visit
this new Centre and revisit a fascinating archaeological landscape. We are fortunate to have Scott MacCracken as
our guide for this field trip.
The morning will be spent at Salisbury
Museum visiting another newly opened gallery, the Wessex Gallery of
Archaeology. This gallery displays
artifacts from discoveries in the area surrounding Salisbury, from prehistoric
times to the Norman Conquest. Salisbury
has always been one of the main
locations for finds from the Stonehenge
complex and is now where the objects from the Bronze Age burial of an archer
found at Amesbury, better known as the Amesbury Archer, are displayed.