Monday, 23 August 2010


Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum is to mark the sacrifice of Britain’s wartime population with a special living history event on Saturday 11 September. Fighting on the Home Front will give visitors a unique insight into the daily life of the people who for a variety of reasons remained at home while the Second World War raged around the globe..

The Museum's own living history team will be representing soldiers recently returned from Dunkirk, while the ARP Warden will be telling visitors what to do in an air raid and no doubt to "Put that light out!" Local Defence Volunteers, the forerunner of the Home Guard (Dad's Army) will be drilled while archive film of Woolwich and London in the Blitz are shown in the Museum’s cinema. Visitors will also get to meet a policeman, fireman, Land Girl and some members of the Home Guard too as well as a young woman talking of her role as an anti-aircraft gunner during the Blitz. As well as the re-enactors, the event will also provide the opportunity to meet members of the Evacuee Association, real evacuees who will tell their stories of being young in wartime Britain.

“We are delighted to be hosting this event to recall and salute the people who fought on Britain’s Home Front during the Second World War” says Eileen Noon from the Museum “Working in factories, manning anti-aircraft guns and simply carrying on all kept Britain going while the Services were fighting on the front line. This event will remind the public that the war was fought everywhere, including the Home Front. Air raids, evacuation and rationing were just part of their experience, as were bravery, deprivation and sacrifice.”

Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum is based at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich - the birthplace of the Royal Artillery that was founded there in 1716. The Museum is acknowledged as the world’s oldest and premier artillery museum. Firepower tells the story of the Gunners – the more than 2.5 million men and women of the Royal Artillery, and the part they have played in history and their role today in the front line with the British Army. Tales of extraordinary heroism and endeavour are presented alongside explanations of the technological and scientific advances driven by the development of artillery from Roman times to the present day. Experiences at Firepower include the ground-shaking Field of Fire audio-visual show where visitors are put in the midst of battle as shells and aircraft fly overhead and guns roar all around, giving an insight into the experiences of an artillery gunner.

Firepower will be open from 10.30 on the day and is located in the historic Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, London, between the A206 and the Thames. Woolwich Arsenal DLR station is just a five minute walk from the Museum.

Admission costs: Adults £5.00, children £2.50, concessions £4.50.
Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London, SE18 6ST

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