Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum

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

Firepower – The Royal Artillery Museum
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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 was a military museum in Woolwich in south-east London, England, which told the story of the Royal Artillery and of the Royal Arsenal.


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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.

Artillery Collections[edit]

The 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.


The museum closed in July 2016. A new heritage centre / museum is planned in Wiltshire. 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]


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