Saturday 16 May – Royal Arsenal Community History Day (and Night!)
Experience a full day and night’s activity in and around Firepower and the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.
See the Firepower Living History Team bringing the past to life, while fans of family history can find out if there is a Royal Artillery Gunner in their family tree. Come and see if we can help with your research. Local Scouts will be performing Gang Show routines and local author and Royal Artillery expert Brigadier Ken Timbers who served four tours in Woolwich will be giving talks on the history of the Royal Arsenal and the Old Royal Military Academy. There will also be a display of previously unseen historic photographs of the Royal Arsenal site and workers. The fun continues into the evening with guided tours of the Royal Arsenal and medal lectures by Firepower’s Curator. The Museum and its Café (fully licensed, 3 course menu) will remain open until 10pm as part of national Museums at Night campaign
For this event, local residents (those with an SE18 or SE28 postcode) will enjoy free entry to the Museum with proof of identity.
Monday 25 to Saturday 30 May – School Holiday Activities
All school holiday activities include military style drill, dressing up in military uniforms, daily treasure hunt, firing range, bungee run, tank command, and the chance to fire a genuine World War Two 25 pounder artillery gun. Some small additional charges may apply.
Sunday 31 May – Wargaming!
See miniature tabletop battles from Ancient Rome to World War Two in this new major event in the wargaming calendar. See Firepower’s Wargamers, enjoy fascinating demonstration games and games where you can join in too! Experts will be running model painting ‘how to’ sessions and the Museum will be displaying rare models of its own from its world famous collection. Trade stands will be there too offering everything a wargamer needs. You can also Meet the Experts who will be pleased to identify your military antiques and memorabilia. This event is staged in association with the South East London Wargames Group – www.selwg.com
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.
Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum
Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
London SE18 6ST
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