29th March 2024

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust announces MEND funding for Commissioners House heritage project

We are pleased to announce we have been working with Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust on the process of obtaining funding for capital works to Commissioner’s House by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the Museum Estate and Development Fund (MEND), administered by Arts Council England.

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust has now been awarded £2,318,400 for essential funding which will enable the Trust to repair and preserve the historic fabric of the Grade I listed scheduled ancient monument, replace and update electrical and mechanical services and safeguard its collections. Once capital works are complete, Commissioner’s House will be energy efficient, better interpreted and provide greater public access, ensuring the future sustainability of the building as a heritage asset.

Richard Morsley, Chief Executive, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, said:

“We are incredibly grateful to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for awarding Museums and Estates Development funding for Commissioner’s House. This Scheduled Ancient Monument is Britain’s oldest intact naval building and one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture. The funding will allow us to undertake a programme of essential maintenance, including a full roof replacement, which will safeguard the building for future generations. In addition we are working to widen public access, rightfully restoring Commissioner’s House back to the heart of the Historic Dockyard.”

The Queen Anne style Commissioner’s House is Britain’s oldest intact naval building and is little changed since its original construction. Originally, this grand Georgian mansion, served as the home and office to the Dockyard Commissioner. The house was built for Captain George St Lo in 1704, on the site of an earlier residence constructed in 1640.

Commissioner’s House will remain open until November 2024 and will be re-launched in Summer 2026.