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“Free and Interesting”

Dockyard Apprentice
Ranked #32 of 128 things to do in Portsmouth
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

You can actually access this (fairly modest sized) museum for free, whilst almost every other attraction within the dockyard requires a ticket. It's well maintained, bright and interesting.

There is a reasonable range of facts, exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays. You leave with the impression that the dockyard required a wide range of skills, and an awful lot of hard graft to make it such a success.

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

This display in No 7 Boathouse next to big restaurant and a shop into which the display leads gives very good impression of the range of key trades in shipbuilding and repair. The tools on display are not recreations, they are the real thing. Because of the size of the dockyard,the craftsmen and apprentices moved their tools around in large chests that were kept on the dockside and a range of these are displayed. Anyone looking at social history or wanting to get a good idea of what went on to build and maintain ships will be facilitated by this exhibition.

It is a small part of the overall Portsmouth Historic Dockyard which contains both historic warships set in an historic (scheduled ancient monument,) of a dockyard with a number of different museums within it. The ships are paid entry, the museums are not.

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Reviewed 13 September 2013

being a semi-retired maintenance engineer, liked looking at the old tools and the way they were used to manufacture and repair the various parts of the ship.

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Reviewed 2 August 2013

A great little museum which is possibly easily missed alongside the ships and other attractions in the Dockyard, but it really sets the scene well for the rest of a visit to the site. Definitely worth including on any visit to the Dockyard.

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Reviewed 8 June 2013

This is a gem of an exhibition that can easily be missed. It is particularly good that it is set in one of the original buildings and whilst not a World Famous attraction like The Victory and The Mary Rose,nevertheless if it was not for the work put in by all these specialists the bigger attractions would never have come into fruition. We particularly enjoyed the time lines and maps that trace the growth of The Dockyard. It is astonishing how many skills are represented and in the heyday of the works it would have been a leading site in The Industrial Revolution. The whole display is shown in a most imaginative way and the sound bites, videos, figures and storyboards bring it to life. There are plenty of hands on opportunities for children with flags, knots and rigging with the bonus of a good café within the building. Entry is free and it is open when the Dockyard itself is open. Having said all that it is disappointing that on initial arrival the “Dockyard Gate” entrance to the exhibit is spoiled by an excess of stuck on notices that detract. Also the Clocking on Machine was not working plus the speaker announcements were so garbled they could not be understood. It would be good if this could be corrected before the main holiday season.

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