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Flying the nest, but we’ll be back soon!

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust announces exciting new museum and archive plans for the Royal Arsenal

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust has exciting plans to share with the people of Greenwich, as it begins to develop its plans for a brand new 21st century museum. Located on the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, the site of a new Creative District pioneered by Royal Borough of Greenwich, the museum and archive, currently known as Greenwich Heritage Centre, has been presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform its offer into a twenty-first century, and beyond, visitor experience.

To develop these plans Greenwich Heritage Centre is now closed for a period of redevelopment. This period will see Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust move the museum and archive collections to a new store. As this move will take time to deliver, the Trust plans to continue its public programme and resume the research enquiry service in October 2018, with public access by appointment following soon after, once the collections are settled into their new home. The museum and archive team will relocate to Charlton House. 

Once settled into the new development phase you will see us popping up around the borough with family activities, pop-up museums, talks, walks and more. 

‘This marks the beginning of an extraordinarily exciting phase in the Trust’s life’, explains Tracy Stringfellow, Chief Executive of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust; ‘one within which a brand-new museum can make a lasting difference, through inspiring displays and social spaces, to the people and communities in Greenwich.’ ‘We’re delighted to be developing the new museum in partnership with the Royal Borough. We’re looking forward to this development phase, talking to our communities about how we bring the borough’s diverse histories to life through collections, stories and our public programme’.

Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Councillor Danny Thorpe said: ‘This is an important opportunity for Greenwich and we are hugely supportive of organisations seeking to highlight the continuing relevance of our heritage and history in exciting and innovative ways.’ ‘This provides a great opportunity for the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust and it will offer residents access to a wealth of heritage, not only reminding us that the Royal Borough is home to significant history, but that heritage can also play a key part in contributing to the education, health and wellbeing of residents.’

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