by Helen Moon
'Making Woolwich: The Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich', our brand new permanent exhibition, opens to the public on Saturday 3 December 2016.
This exhibition tells the story of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and its long-lasting and deep connections to the town of Woolwich, the famous Royal Arsenal and the people who have lived and worked here. Across the centuries, many links have been formed between the town of Woolwich, the surrounding area and the Regiment. The exhibition displays objects, paintings, stories from Gunners and their families and reveals the fascinating history of the RA, in a gallery right in the heart of Woolwich.
This year, the Royal Artillery celebrates the 300th Anniversary of its formation in 1716. This momentous occassion is celebrated within the exhibition and RGHT had worked closely with the RA to develop this exciting new exhibition. This exhibition has also been made with the help of members of the public who have shared their stories of their own family members and also provided us with a range of fascinating objects for display.
‘Making Woolwich’ has been made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Royal Artillery Museums Ltd, Friends of the Royal Artillery Collections and Royal Artillery Historical Trust. We have also had a fantastic team of volunteers here, who have given up their time and expertise to do public events, research and write exhibition content and a great deal more. We thank them for their support.
Chief Executive of RGHT Tracy Stringfellow said:
“This exhibition will be the first step in a wider re-interpretation of Greenwich Heritage Centre, on the Historic Royal Arsenal. We are proud to work in partnership with these organisations and ever more closely with the local community that we serve. These are exciting times for the Trust, which recently celebrated its second anniversary, and looks forward to the museum’s centenary year in 2019.”
Please do join us in December for the opening of ‘Making Woolwich’ at Greenwich Heritage Centre. We can wait to see you all."
‘Making Woolwich’ is part of the permanent exhibitions at Greenwich Heritage Centre, which is free to visit and open Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.