Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum

Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum
Royal Artillery Museum
Royal Arsenal
Greater London
SE18 6ST




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0208 312 7103


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The Museum tells the story of the Gunners – the 2.5 million men and women of the Royal Artillery, the part they have played in history and their role in today’s British Army. Tales of extraordinary heroism and endeavour are presented alongside explanations the technological and scientific advances driven by the development of artillery from Roman times to the present day. Special exhibitions, events and a great coffee shop make Firepower a great family destination.

The entire collection of the Museum of Artillery at the Rotunda is a Designated Collection of National Importance.

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Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday 1000-1700 Last admission 1600

Admission charges

Adult: £5.30
Concession: £4.60
Child (5-15): £2.50
Child (0-4): Free
Family: £12.50

Additional info

Firepower offers a first class learning experience, which can be tailored to meet the needs of many groups: schools (key stages 2, 3, and 4), further education, adult learning, special needs groups, and military historians.

An education resource has been developed and is available on request. This pack contains booking information for school visits, cross-curricular links and project ideas and exemplar worksheets for key stages 2-4.

Literacy and numeracy projects are being developed and will be available shortly.

If you are a teacher or student and have any comments or suggestions on what you would like to see happening please contact Bob Lindridge.

Teachers’ Packs and worksheets, information on the handling collection and outreach programme, will be downloadable from our website. Learning activities will be centred on term-time, after school and summer schools. Costumed interpreters can bring the exhibits to life. Facilities also exist for individual research using the extensive archives on site. As so many people have served as Gunners, the archive is a major family history resource as featured on BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

The entire collection of the Museum of Artillery at the Rotunda is a Designated Collection of national importance.

An international collection of guns, rockets, missiles and vehicles spanning over 600 years of development worldwide. Including prototypes and models, it was used to teach cadets in the 18th century and has been displayed to the public since 1820 in the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda.

In May 2001, much of the ordnance and all of the library and archive were moved to newly developed premises where they are more accessible to the public, fully interpreted and better preserved. The new development, called FIREPOWER, displays all of the collections of the Royal Regiment of Artillery together, with interactives and hands-on exhibits to explain the science of artillery. The historic Rotunda building houses the reserve collection and is open one day a week.

The collection of ordnance continues to expand as technology is constantly updated. The library and archive, in the James Clavell Library, provide an important research resource. These collections are supported by a wealth of artefacts, paintings and medals which tell the human story.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Science and Technology, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ordnance
  • Artillery
  • Medals
  • Weapons, guns, missiles
  • Military history
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Put that Light Out!

  • 16 May 2015 6-11:59pm

Join us at Firepower Museum for an experience you will never forget. An evening packed with fun activities followed by sleeping in among the guns and exhibits of the Museum.

Kids and adults will spend the evening doing a range of activities including:

Military Drilling
Meet the WW2 Fire Warden (actor session)
Rocket Firing
World Wars Tour
Medal Making Crafts

Supper will be scheduled in among the activities.

During the evening we will also have the traditional military Sunset Ceremony to lower the flag and reflect on the day.

At the end of the evening we will have a Camp Fire Sing Along of WW2 favourites & hot chocolate to settle down and prepare for the evening.

Just like in the Blitz 65 years ago you will then bed down on the floor. Instead of in the underground stations it will be in the museums exhibition rooms. Bring your camping rolls / air beds and sleeping bags.

The next day we wake early at 7am, dressed and ready for some Physical Training from our instructors. Appetites suitably grown it will be time for breakfast. The event finishes at 9am.

Supper is hot dog in a bun, baked potato and beans with squash or tea / coffee.
Breakfast consists of Bacon or sausage bap with squash or tea / coffee
For vegetarians or those who can't eat pork, meat free alternatives will be substituted.
Nuts - whilst there are no nuts on the menu we cannot guarantee that traces may be present.
Unfortunately we are unable to cater for other dietary requirements.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • Family friendly


£30.00 per person


Waterloo Week

  • 26 — 29 May 2015

To mark Waterloo 200 our activities this half term will all have a Waterloo theme.

This time parents will join their kids in the military drilling as they form up like the French or English did and see who’s is better by attacking each other (with bean bags).

You will get to contrast the uniforms of a soldier from the battle with the kit worn by our modern Gunners.

Our friends from Challenger Troop will be back with the assault course, just this time you will have to take a cannon over it with you.

Create a Shako in our craft section. What’s a Shako? Come and find out.

The sessions end with our re-enactment of the Battle of Waterloo. Yes that famous battle you have heard of (thanks Abba) but don’t have a clue about.

As normal the sessions will be 11:00-13:00 and again 14:00-16:00

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply