Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is truly a fantastic place to work. After all, not many professionals in the UK can boast about seeing beautiful naval ships from their window while writing blog posts. As the area has been so kind to us, it only makes sense that we give something back – and that’s exactly what some of our employees did on their weekend off.

From marketers to boatbuilders

On Saturday, representatives from the Creative, SEO, and Marketing departments visited the boatbuilding workshop in Boathouse 4 to assist with the organisation’s restoration efforts. Helping on one of the organisation’s many projects, the group were tasked with stripping the old paint from a vessel which needed to be made seaworthy again.

Under the watchful eye of one of the tutors, and armed with a range of tools, our team managed to scrape much of the material off – leaving the exposed wood underneath. By doing so, they allowed the more experienced professionals to get their hands on it and begin restoration efforts.

Boat before the paint stipping at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


Boat after paint stripping


Pleased with their hard work, the team ended the day confident the boat would soon be back on the open waves. Furthermore, they were extremely grateful for the small part they played contributing to Portsmouth’s naval history.

Tom Chapman, Content Promotion Specialist in the SEO team, stated: “It’s easy to think of yourselves as separate from the Historic Dockyard but sometimes it’s great to get involved and find out what the other sites are up to. Personally, I had a fantastic day getting my hands dirty and would gladly help out again if needed.”

Boathouse 4 is a restored attraction opened with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Regional Growth Fund. Although catering to tourist needs, it also teaches traditional boatbuilding skills and marine engineering to anyone wishing to learn.

Helping out around Portsmouth

Our team is happy to volunteer for community and charitable projects in the Portsmouth area and are looking forward to their next challenge. Hopefully, we’ll get to work on more of these activities soon.