Saturday 5 September – Evacuees Reunion and Exhibition
With enemy bombing attacks expected as soon as war the Second World War began, Operation Pied Piper began. This was the evacuation of Britain’s cities – the biggest and most concentrated mass movement of people in Britain’s history. In the first four days of September 1939, nearly 3,000,000 people, mostly schoolchildren, were transported from Britain’s cities to places of safety in the countryside.
This moving day of memories and nostalgia will include an exhibition of evacuees memorabilia by members of the local Evacuees Reunion Association. There will also be an exhibition about local people’s experiences during the war entitled Woolwich and the Blitz. Firepower’s own living history team will be on duty for the event so visitors can meet and talk to a wartime ARP air raid warden, two Royal Artillery Gunners, soldiers manning an anti-tank gun as well as Local Defence Volunteers – the forerunners of the Home Guard made famous in BBC TV’s Dad’s Army. Archive films will be shown in the Museum cinema and the Museum will be open as normal.
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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