10 November 2005 · About 2 minutes read

Dockyard Space

Our space for the PoS module has today been revealed. Under veil of secrecy, we were taken to the dockyard at Devonport where a short tour was arranged before being able to explore the space, the disused dock 1.

As well as its rich history in maritime terms, it was interesting to see how this slip - built in 1691 - has been modified over time to accommodate various different technologies. Today, it feels strangely calm; all that can be heard is waters of the Tamar lapping the stone slipway. Its sea-ward direction means it acts as a catch for all manner of marine debris, and the piles of weeds, plastics, and driftwood give an idea of the scale of pollutants that find their ways around the ocean. It was also pointed out that, amongst other things, recently expired cows and sheep have also been washed up into the dock! This is an interesting reclamation of the space by its environment. The impact of the space on social experience is complex and difficult to pinpoint.

Certainly, the history of the dock (as the cumulation of experience) must shape personal experience of its space. There are several examples of its relationship to time, revealing its progression of uses and contexts, and giving instantly instilling a different social experience to the present. It was recently considered for use in constructing a replica of the ship, the Mayflower, although this went elsewhere.

Looking at the wider space, the dockyard and its experiences have expanded and moulded over time, and the social contexts have also changed drastically. The dockyards are now also used to build private luxury yachts.

Physically, it is also interesting to note that the dock 1 structure, complete with its roof and wooden beaming, bears striking resemblance to a church structure.


Chris Blunt
Chris Blunt@cblunt
Chris is the founder of Plymouth Software. As well as code and business, he enjoys being a Dad, swimming, and the fine art of drinking tea.