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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