June events at The Royal Artillery Museum

June 1, 2009toJune 30, 2009

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Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 June – Model Railway Exhibition

See the very best in scale railway modelling and incredibly detailed model layouts representing locations and eras from around the world including Britain, France, USA, Switzerland and Austria. It’s the ultimate small big day out. There will be railway modelling society stands as well as tradestands too providing everything for the railway modeller. The Museum will be awarding a plaque for ‘best in show’.

Presented in association with Erith Model Railway Society.

Saturday 27 June – Tudor Firepower

This event is part of Greenwich’s weekend of events to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. You will meet some ‘real Tudors’ in full period costume and find out about Tudor arms and armour from bows and arrows to early guns. Children can try on suits of armour and helmets like the young King Henry wore. Adults can dress up too! Longbows, cross-bows, muskets and cannons will all be on show. You can even fire our paintball cannon and find out more about Tudor times in a day long programme of talks and demonstrations. Children can play ‘Hunt the Henry’ around the Museum while the Tudor origins of the Royal Arsenal can be discovered in the adjacent Greenwich Heritage Centre. Museum experts will be giving lectures on the origins of the Arsenal and the famous Moorfield’s Gun on display at Firepower – during the gun’s founding in 1716 there was a great explosion which led to gun founding being moved from the City of London to Woolwich.

Weekends at Firepower

There is always added value when you visit Firepower at weekends.As well as children’s activities, the Corps of Drums can often be seen practicing in and around the Museum. Wargaming goes on once a month in the galleries and you can see the Firepower Wargamers in action. Living History Team, including gun drill regularly  active in the galleries. Why not talk to volunteers about their experiences, both working on site and in the Royal Artillery.

What is Firepower?

Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum, is based in the historic Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, the birthplace of the Royal Artillery which was founded there in 1716. Firepower tells the story of the men and women – more than 2 million of them – who have served as Gunners in the Royal Regiment of Artillery since it was founded. These ordinary people and their extraordinary experiences have made and continue to make history around the world.

Firepower is however much more than a regimental museum. With its uniquely historic setting, Firepower is a world-class heritage attraction, a major educational resource and simply a great value day out where there really is something for everyone. Temporary exhibitions and an exciting programme of special events ensure there is always something new to see or do at Firepower. From the Roman Empire to National Service and Napoleon to the Cold War, Firepower and its historic riverside location provide a truly memorable experience.

Where?
Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum
Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
London  SE18 6ST

How do I find out more?
www.firepower.org.uk