Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust (RGHT) is delighted to announce the opening of the new permanent exhibition ‘Making Woolwich – The Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich’ at Greenwich Hertiage Centre, on the historic Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.
It has been developed in collaboration with the people of Woolwich and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. RGHT has come to you to discover your stories and histories of the Royal Artillery and their many connections to Woolwich and the Royal Arsenal. This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Royal Regiment of Artillery (RA), Royal Artillery Museums Ltd, Friends of the Royal Artillery Collections and the Royal Artillery Historical Trust.
Here, you can discover more about this exciting new exhibition, which records 300 years of this borough's proud connection to this famous regiment.
What is happening?
To mark the 300th Anniversary of the formation of the Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich, in 1716, and the enduring legacy of the connection between this famous regiment and the borough, Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is creating a new exhibition for display at Greenwich Heritage Centre.
This exhibition will celebrate the history of the regiment and the men and women who have been part of it, over its long history. Granted the Battle Honour "Ubique" or "Everywhere", truly the RA's history is a long and proud one. And, for almost all of its history, much of the Regiment and its Headquarters have been in Woolwich. This connection is preseved to this day by The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, a ceremonial unit which is now garrisoned within the area.
This exhibition explores the history of the RA, showcasing famous individuals, events and technological advances. It will shows some of the strong connections between the Regiment and the people of Woolwich. For hundreds of years, the development of the local area was inextricably-linked to the Regiment, so it will be fascinating to bring those connections out in this exhibiiton. We will also delve into the connections between the Regiment and the Royal Arsenal and Royal Military Academy, showing how they supported each other in developing the technological and professional standards of the Armed Forces.
This new exhibition will be the first of what we hope to be many new developments at Greenwich Heritage Centre. Be sure to check back here for further information about it, or see the blog for regular updates from the project team.
Have your say
Woolwich has a proud connection to the RA and British Army. Throughout the creation of the exhibition, people have been contributing their memories and stories of their links to Woolwich. Through this process, we have discussed many stories, of heroism, loss and a wide range of experiences, which are now on display in the exhibition.
Do you have a story that you would like to share? We are continuing to collect them for display. You can get in touch through our feedback form, which you can access online here.
Want to know more? Get in touch!
If you are interested in knowing more about the project, and how you can support it, please contact Mark Tindle, Exhibition Project Officer, at Greenwich Heritage Centre.
Telephone: 020 8854 2452
RGHT is grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Royal Artillery Museums Ltd, Friends of the Royal Artillery Collections and Royal Artillery Historical Trust for their continuing support of this project.
If you are interested in volunteering, hiring our spaces or making a donation, or you would like to speak to someone from the Trust, Greenwich Heritage Centre or Charlton House and Assembly Rooms, please use the contact form and add the subject to your email. We aim to respond to enquiries within a week. Please bear with us as the Trust is managed with minimum staff and has to prioritise visits in person or on the phone.Enquire