Experience life as a dockyard apprentice in Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Be transported back in time to 1911 and become an apprentice for a day at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

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During the 18th and 19th centuries Portsmouth Royal Dockyard was the greatest industrial complex in the world, employing over 25,000 workers.

The Dockyard Apprentice tells the story of dockyard life in 1911, when the great Dreadnought battleships were being constructed. 

It is often said that the Industrial Revolution started in Portsmouth Dockyard in the early 19th century with the introduction of Marc Brunel’s block-making machinery.  Originally housed in the Block Mills, these were the world’s first machines designed for mass-production and some of them can now be seen in the Dockyard Apprentice exhibition.

The exhibition invites the visitor to become an apprentice for the day, clocking in at the Victory Gate and learning all about the crafts and skills which once made Portsmouth Dockyard the greatest shipbuilding centre in the world.

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