Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 51°29′38″N 0°4′15″E / 51.49389°N 0.07083°E / 51.49389; 0.07083

Firepower - The Royal Artillery Museum
Firepower Royal Artillery Museum London.png
Established 4 May 1820
Location Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, South East London
Public transit access Woolwich Arsenal National Rail logo.svg DLR no-text roundel.svg
Website Official website

Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum is a military museum in Woolwich in south-east London, England, which tells the story of the Royal Artillery and of the Royal Arsenal.


Firepower - - 57579.jpg

The museum is much more than a regimental museum as the RA has been involved in most British actions for over 200 years. It was originally established to preserve Royal Artillery (RA) history and as a training collection. Over two million men and women have served in the RA since its formation and human stories of bravery and sacrifice are told throughout the museum.

The museum is located in some of the former buildings of the Royal Arsenal, which was Britain's principal ordnance manufacturing facility from the early 18th century until the mid-20th century.

The forerunner of Firepower was the Royal Military Repository, which was established on the Royal Arsenal site in May 1778. After a fire in 1802 the surviving artefacts were rehoused in the Old Royal Military Academy. In 1820 the main collection was moved to the Rotunda on Woolwich Common.

The collection moved to Firepower in April 2001. All of Firepower's buildings were once part of the Royal Laboratory Department, which controlled the manufacture of ammunition. The Old Military Academy and some of the other buildings used by Firepower are grade II listed. The adjacent Greenwich Heritage Centre tells the story of the local people of Greenwich who worked in the Arsenal and made the guns.

The present museum is Accredited by Arts Council England.

Artillery Collections[edit]

Our collections are Designated as being of national and international significance by Arts Council England.

  • Field of Fire

An interactive exhibit with sound, smoke and screens will give visitors an idea of what it is like to be a modern gunner in war time.

  • The Gunnery Hall

The museum's main display of 20th century weapons.

  • The History Gallery

The history of artillery from its earliest beginnings with examples of artillery from around the world.

  • Medals Gallery

Just some of the museum's collection of thousands of medals won by members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery telling the stories behind them.

  • Modern Gunner

Brings the story of the Gunners right up to the present day.

Opening times and Admission

Tuesday to Saturday: 10.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday and Monday: Closed

Admission prices

Adult: £5.30

Concession: £4.60

Child (5-15): £2.50

Child (0-4): Free

Family: £12.50

Find out more

Family History

As so many people have served in the Royal Artillery, the museum's archive of 'Gunner' records are popular with family historians. The archive's experts have produced a handy guide for Royal Artillery family historians "Is there a Gunner in your family tree?". This guide explains how you can research your Gunner ancestors and relatives.


The current museum will close by the end of 2016. A new heritage centre / museum is planned in Wiltshire, the new home of the regiment, and will open in 2019-20. The collections will be professionally stored and conserved for the opening of this heritage centre. A permanent Royal Regiment of Artillery gallery is planned in association with the Greenwich Heritage Trust on the existing site.[1][2]

Gallery of exhibits[edit]

Gallery of buildings[edit]


See also[edit]

Other Artillery museums[edit]


  1. ^ "Woolwich Firepower Royal Artillery Museum 'to leave by 2017' - former board member hits out". Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "A statement by the Chairman of the Royal Artillery Museum Board". Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Survey of London vol. 48: Woolwich. Yale. 2012. 

External links[edit]