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Firepower Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich, Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, Britain

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Location Category ID: 3250
Added to Database: July 2008
Last Edited: 28 June 2014
Address: Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London SE18 6ST
Telephone: 0208 312 7103 (Monday-Friday), 0208 312 7134 (Saturday)
Email: info [at] firepower.org.uk (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times: 1000-1700 Tuesday to Saturday
Official Website: Firepower Royal Artillery Museum
Other Links: Firepower Museum – Wikipedia
Royal Regiment of Artillery – Wikipedia
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Latitude, Longitude: 51.494034 , 0.070024
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: 1: Chieftain Concept Tank - The Tank Museum - Reserve Collection, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Not the museum but testing nearby)


The Firepower Museum tells the story of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, and of the Woolwich Royal Arsenal. It is located in some of the former buildings of the Royal Arsenal, which was Britain's principal ordnance manufacturing facility from the early 18th century until the mid-20th century. Since the turn of the millennium the Royal Arsenal site has been undergoing a mixed-use redevelopment, and Firepower has been one of the anchor features of this project. The forerunner of Firepower was the Royal Military Repository, which was established on the Royal Arsenal site in May 1778. After a fire in 1802 the surviving artefacts were rehoused in the Old Royal Military Academy. In 1820 the main collection was moved to the Rotunda on Woolwich Common. The collection moved to Firepower in April 2001. All of Firepower's buildings were once part of the Royal Laboratory Department, which controlled the manufacture of ammunition. (Source: Wikipedia).
From its beginnings, the Royal Artillery has been based at Woolwich, in south-east London. However, in 2003 it was decided to move the headquarters to Larkhill on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire (the RA’s training ground, where the Royal School of Artillery has been based since 1915). The last Royal Artillery troops left Woolwich Barracks in 2007, breaking the long term link between Woolwich and the RA. Similarly, due to low visitor numbers plans have been made to close the museum by 2017. The main collection will be removed with elements covering the Royal Arsenal's Woolwich history kept in one of the buildings. (Source: Wikipedia, This Is Local London).

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June 2012

Gunnery Hall
1: Gunnery Hall

Taken: 1 June 2012
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 975
Added: 26 June 2014
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Gunnery Hall
2: Gunnery Hall

Taken: 1 June 2012
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 976
Added: 26 June 2014
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Main Entrance
3: Main Entrance

Taken: 1 June 2012
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 977
Added: 26 June 2014
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Monster Bits Gallery - Exterior
4: Monster Bits Gallery - Exterior

Taken: 1 June 2012
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 978
Added: 26 June 2014
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Monster Bits Gallery - Interior
5: Monster Bits Gallery - Interior

Taken: 1 June 2012
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 979
Added: 26 June 2014
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FV432 armoured personnel carrier
6: FV432 armoured personnel carrier

Taken: 1 June 2012
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 980
Added: 26 June 2014
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BV202 Snowcat amphibious carrier
7: BV202 Snowcat amphibious carrier

Taken: 1 June 2012
Contributor: T. Larkum
Location Photo ID: 981
Added: 26 June 2014
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May 2003

Gunnery Hall
8: Gunnery Hall

Taken: 13 May 2003
Contributor: N. Baumgardner
Location Photo ID: 983
Added: 28 June 2014
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