‘Making Woolwich’ - 2016 in review

by Helen Moon

After an intense 8 months of work, we successfully-opened the 'Making Woolwich: The Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich' exhibition at Greenwich Heritage Centre. To deliver such a large permanent exhibition, which is only one part of a much larger and more complex project, is quite some feat, and I am personally delighted with it. The exhibition's launch was a great success, with appearances by The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra and many special guests all contributing to a fantastic event. And people have been coming in to see the latest addition to the galleries here at Greenwich Heritage Centre and we've been getting some fantastic feedback. Long may that continue!

But the project doesn't end with the opening of the exhibition. As well as this, we will have our new Congreve Rocket-inspired schools workshop, which will be created and added to our offer early next year. Our wayfinding app, which allow you to discover the many buildings (and sites of buildings) closely-associated with the Royal Artillery in Woolwich is nearly completed and will soon be launched.

We are also continuing to active collect people's stories of their and their family's connections to the Royal Artillery.  We have already had one person come forward with the offer of information and memorabilia relating to three generations of her family who were Gunners. If you have a story (or two or three) that you wish to share, then please don't hestiate to get in touch with me at mark@rght.org.uk

It wouldn't be an end of year review without extending some thanks to everyone who has made this exhibition a reality. Firstly, I must thank Brigadier Ken Timbers, the project's principal advisor and a fount of knowledge of all things RA in Woolwich. He has generously given up his time and considerable expertise to make this exhibition a reality and it has been nothing but a pleasure to work with him. My thanks also go to all of the volunteers and members of the advisory panel who have also contributed to much to 'Making Woolwich'. From meeting the public, to researching and writing content, to guiding the designs of the exhibition, to assisting with the actual installation, everyone has done so much and so well. Thank you for it all!

I'd also like to thank Alan Farlie of RFK Architects for overseeing the design and installation of the exhibition, who demonstrated a range of both design and practical skills. Belinda Moore of Moore & Moore Creative's superb design work has led to the visual aspects of the exhibition (the images on the internal and external windows, the exhibition video and the overall design of the interpretation and signage) being better than I could ever have hoped. And Paul Clifford's outstanding work on designing and creating the app is greatly-appreciated too.

Finally, this exhibition, and the project as a whole, would not have happened as successfully as it has done without the hard work and incredible support given to me by every member of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust team, from both Greenwich Heritage Centre and Charlton House. In particular, those long days we all worked in November to get the exhibition open and looking so good for the launch event on 1st December. Thank you, everyone!

A very Merry Christmas to you all. I'm taking a well-earned week off, and will be back in business in the New Year. Keep checking back for further updates. More will soon come, as we continue with 'Making Woolwich'!

- Mark

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