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

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 will be closing for a period of redevelopment. The Heritage Centre’s final day of opening being Saturday 21 July.  Researchers will be able to access archive material by appointment. The museum staff will be based at Charlton House and there will be research space at our new store which is currently under development supported by and in collaboration with the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

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 much more. Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust invites its friends, partners and the public to come and celebrate the end of this era as well as ring in the new, at its special ‘Flying the Nest’ celebratory event on Saturday 7 July, in the knowledge that it will be reappearing on the Arsenal in the not too distant future. So, this is not so much goodbye as ‘bon voyage’ and we’ll be back soon!

‘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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