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“Well Worth a Visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dockyard Apprentice

Dockyard Apprentice
19 College Road, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ, England
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Well Worth a Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 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.

Visited June 2013
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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“Too much like hard work.!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

For a start it's free!. Sights and sounds throughout the exhibition realistically done keeping you interested. Better than some museums that you pay a lot money to visit.

Visited May 2013
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Aussie londoner
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“Fantastic Display”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We really enjoyed this exhibit and the kids found it fascinating. It's long enough to be worthwhile yet short enough to keep the young children interested. It has great information about living onboard the ships and at varying periods of time. My 2 (aged 6 and 3) especially enjoyed the ships on display.

Visited May 2013
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Lancing, United Kingdom
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“Insight into the past at the Dockyard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Small displays of various trades carried out in the Dockyard showing how very hard these men had to work. Although it isn't large it is well worth spending time and reading about what skills were involved in ship-building.
Will visit again.

Visited April 2013
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“Easily missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This small exhibition is easily missed but worth a visit. We spent quite a while with our children learning about the apprentices in the dockyard and how the various skills were learned. There were some hands-on exhibits like lifting weights and tying knots which my children enjoyed. Best of all - it's free!

A great little exhibit, spent ages walking around it and its free! It certainly shows how the dockyard has changed.

Visited April 2013
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