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Marking the Battle of Medway

Marking the Battle of Medway


From this month, The Historic Dockyard Chatham will commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Medway with a major international exhibition, Breaking the Chain, which runs until 3rd September.

This iconic anniversary commemorates one of England’s greatest naval disasters when the River Medway was engulfed in flames. In June 1667 the Dutch fleet sailed up the Medway and caught the English unprepared.

Although the dockyard was spared by the arrival of troops and artillery, the attack was a humiliating defeat for the English. In The Netherlands, the action is also known as the Battle of Chatham, the highpoint of the Dutch Golden Age.

This landmark exhibition at The Historic Dockyard Chatham brings together for the first time an extraordinary array of Dutch and British art, literature, historic manuscripts and objects on loan from a number of national and international museums, including The British Library, National Maritime Museum, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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