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Lecture: 06/03/19 SUSSEX AND ROYAL DOCKYARDS

Lecture: SUSSEX AND THE ROYAL DOCKYARDS
On: Weds 6th March 2019 at 2.30pm
Where: St Augustine’s Hall, Bexhill, TN39 3AZ 
Speaker: Phillip MacDougall
The Royal Dockyards (including Portsmouth, Chatham, Woolwich, Deptford and Sheerness) were once the largest industrial employers in the world, between them employing a workforce of more than 20,000 by the end of the 18th century, keeping the Royal Navy at Sea and building ships from timber, mainly Sussex oak. Thousands of oak trees were needed to build just one ship, much of this oak came from Sussex forests. This connection between the dockyards and Sussex is explored in this talk by Philip, including how the trees were selected and turned into great ships such as Nelson's Victory.

Cost: £4 per person, £3 per Museum member with refreshments included.

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