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Brigadier Timbers awarded the 2017 Royal Borough of Greenwich Civic Award for Arts and Entertainment

  • Brigadier Ken Timbers receiving his award
  • Brigadier Ken Timbers at the opening of 'Making Woolwich'

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is pleased to announce that Brigadier Ken Timbers has received the 2017 Royal Borough of Greenwich Civic Award for Arts and Entertainment. He was nominated by RGHT for his tireless work and numerous contributions to the ‘Making Woolwich: The Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich’ exhibition project and the Trust is delighted that this, and all of his other contributions to the Borough have been recognised.

At the event at Woolwich Town Hall on Thursday 23 March, Brigadier Timbers, received the Civic Award from the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Cllr Ola Babatola, and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Denise Hyland. 

The citation for Ken’s award reads:

“After a long career in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Brigadier Ken Timbers became the foremost scholar about its rich history in Woolwich. He used his passion first as curator at the Royal Artillery’s Rotunda Museum and then at Firepower Museum, as both staff and trustee.

Recently, Ken generously gave his time and expertise to Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, as the lead-adviser on their new permanent exhibition, ‘Making Woolwich: The Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich’. 

He played a key role in assisting the Trust in securing the funding for the exhibition from the Heritage Lottery Fund and partner organisations of the Royal Artillery.

During the project delivery, Ken generously gave up his time and expertise to support ‘Making Woolwich’s’ Project Team. This included selecting objects for display, providing historical information, writing fascinating and accurate content for the exhibition and wayfinding app, serving on a project advisory committee and generally making himself always available to support the delivery of the project.

It is no understatement to say that, without a man with both Ken’s deep knowledge-of and passion-for the history of the Royal Artillery and Woolwich and notable generosity, this exhibition would not have been the success it is.”

Mark Tindle, the Project Officer for the ‘Making Woolwich’ exhibition said: 

“It has been a true privilege to work with Ken. He generously gave up his knowledge, experience and time for this exhibition and, together with all our other volunteers and supporters, made this fantastic new permanent exhibition a reality. This award is truly deserved, not only for all of his contributions to this project, but to a lifetime of service to the Royal Artillery and history and culture within Woolwich and the wider Borough of Royal Greenwich.”

‘Making Woolwich: The Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich’ is part of the free visitor offer at Greenwich Heritage Centre. Discover the fascinating history of the Gunners and how the Regiment and Woolwich have grown up together. Greenwich Heritage Centre is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.


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