The story is told by ‘digital theatre’ - a dramatised story of a retired shipwright giving his grandson a conducted tour of the yard. Projected scenes explain the process and workings of the yard and guide visitors through the building of a wooden ship.
The aim, says the historic dockyard, is for “new technology and interpretation techniques [to] bring the story of people, ships and processes to life in a vivid and exciting way.”
Richard Holdsworth, Chatham’s Preservation and Education Director, explained the new attraction replaces the former Wooden Walls of England gallery.
He said; “The former gallery dated from the 1970s and although it has been a great success over the years it was starting to be a bit dated. With the new technology now available the story of shipbuilding can be told in a much more engaging way.
“We are delighted to add it to the other attractions of the dockyard”. Hearts of Oak opened at Easter.