About Fort Amherst

Trustee Profiles

Trustees as of December 2017

Steve Quinton (Chairman), Project manager for a construction and civil engineering company. Brings expertise in construction management, health & safety and project management. Principle interests, historical structures, underground research. Managing restoration projects on the Fort and overseeing the building and repair of gun carriages.

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Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)

 Command of the Heights – press release

 Chatham will soon be at the centre of archaeological exploration and heritage regeneration project following a cash injection of almost £1.8million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), thanks to National Lottery players.

Medway Council together with Fort Amherst Heritage Trust, have been successful in securing the funding to help the area reconnect with its military roots and discover secrets from the past.

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Volunteer Charter

 

Volunteers are an essential and invaluable part of the Fort Amherst Heritage Trust (FAHT).

We want people volunteering with us to do so within a positive and supportive environment.

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Car Parking

Car Parking at Fort Amherst (except during certain events)

Available Monday - Friday on a full or part time basis

Fort Amherst is offering the opportunity for members of the public to purchase commuter car parking at the Fort either on a monthly or a daily basis. A monthly pass for parking Monday - Friday is charged at £40.00 per month, payable in advance by direct debit.  For those who would like parking at the Fort for part of the week only, we offer a monthly pass for 1 day per week for £10.00 or 2 days per week at £20.00 etc. In addition there is a one off administration charge of £10.00 to cover the cost of issuing your pass.

Daily paid parking is still available on a first come first served basis and there are only a limited number of spcaes. However, please be advised that a space is not guaranteed and that the charge is £3.00 per day.

If you are interested in taking a car parking place at the Fort, please contact the office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Trust

Profile of the Fort Amherst Heritage Trust.

The Fort Amherst Heritage Trust (FAHT) was formed in April 1998, as a charitable company limited by Guarantee (charity number 1102399, company number 4362306).

The Trust was the successor of the Fort Amherst & Lines Trust which was itself established as a charitable Trust in 1981. In April 2010 FAHT merged with Medway Historical Ordnance a separate Charity which had been established to preserve and maintain the Fort’s nationally important collection of historical ordnance. The amalgamation reduced costs and promoted efficiency and a stronger organisation in support of both Trusts objectives and aims.

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Mission, Vision and Aims

The Mission

The mission of Fort Amherst Heritage Trust is to restore and protect Fort Amherst and develop it as a premier heritage and leisure attraction.

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Origins of Fort Amherst

In 1667 the Dutch raided the River Medway and attacked Chatham’s Royal Dockyard.  During the devastating attack, thirteen ships were destroyed and two were taken including the flagship of the fleet, the ‘Royal Charles’.  At that point in time there were no defences protecting the Dockyard against a land based attack; and the raid by the Dutch led to a review of the defences protecting this important site.  As well as improved defence of the River Medway, the review included proposals to protect the landward side of the Dockyard which would also serve to disrupt an invasion party heading towards London.  This is where the story of Fort Amherst and Chatham Lines begins.

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Modern History

During WWII the tunnels were utilised by the Anti-Invasion Planning Unit and Civil Defence, who used a section as their headquarters.  This is where Civil Defence was co-ordinated for the North Kent area in the event of bombing as well as support and assistance to the general public after such an incident.  A section of the tunnels has been reconstructed into the Civil Defence HQ as it was in 1939.

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Volunteering

Fort Amherst is staffed principally by volunteers and there are many opportunities to use your skills in a number of different areas. 

The Fort has over 20 acres of land; half of this has been restored and maintained.  Maintaining this land is a continuous job that requires a dedicated team of volunteers with an interest in working outside clearing vegetation, restoring brickwork, general maintenance, and generally keeping the site as tidy as possible. As well as this we have 10 acres of unrestored land which needs to be cared for with a longer term plan to fully restore it in the future. 

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Volunteer FAQs

What age do I have to be?

•    In general there is no minimum or maximum age provided you are making a useful contribution and that the activities you are undertaking are suitable for your age and there is no legal minimum age requirement for the task i.e. driving.
•    If you are under 18 your parent or legal guardian must give permission for you to volunteer and you must be supervised by an adult and not left alone.  As we cannot guarantee to always provide supervision this may mean that younger people are unable to volunteer without the company of their parent or guardian.

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Human Resources

There are many opportunities here at Fort Amherst for volunteers to help us with the ongoing work required to keep this important historic site open to the public, free of charge, throughout the year. In addition we have a small number of paid roles within our events and catering teams. Details of any vacancies at the Fort will be advertised here.  

PAID STAFF VACANCIES: We currently have no paid staff vacancies - but keep checking back as they will be posted here as and when they are available. 

VOLUNTEERING VACANCIES: We currently have volunt?eering vacancies - please Eemail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. 

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  • Vacancies

    There are many opportunities here at Fort Amherst for volunteers to help us with the ongoing work required to keep this important historic site open to the public, free of charge, throughout the year. In addition we have a small number of paid roles within our events and catering teams. Details of any vacancies at the Fort will be advertised here.   

    VOLUNTEERING VACANCIES: To volunteer for any of the below vacancies please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    PAID STAFF VACANCIES: To apply for the below vacancy please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.