Indifference, Destruction, Appreciation, Conservation: A century of changing attitudes to historic buildings in British naval bases
This article reflects on the changing attitudes to historic buildings in naval bases. The damage done during the war forced some reconstruction, but the ‘plain, strong and convenient’ historic buildings are proving capable of withstanding even present-day economic cuts. Details are given of the conservation carried out at Portsmouth and Chatham, and the successful transition of Chatham from a working dockyard to a tourist attraction is outlined. Projects further afield are also discussed.