The Ordnance Society

Ordnance & Artillery of All Periods


If you would like to be informed automatically of ALL FUTURE Ordnance Society visits, then please click on the “Follow the Ordnance Society” button under “FOLLOW THE ORDNANCE SOCIETY BY E-MAIL” in the right-hand column.  This ensures that all “NEWS” items will be e-mailed to you as soon as they appear on the web-site and these will include brief notes about future visits as well as all the other “NEWS” items.

Our new Visits Secretary, Neil Grant also organises visits for Friends of the Tank Museum and other groups, so the number and variation of trips has increased considerably. The numbers for a visit will often have a maximum, so please ensure that you use the automatic notification method outlined above in order to apply in good time.

Please note that Ordnance Society reserves the right to refuse any visit applications, particularly where access to or within the visit site are restricted.



contact Neil Grant at


Lancaster Bomber Experience                   13th May 2017                                                        £65

(Lincolnshire – VIP guided internal and external tour of a Lancaster bomber. Yes, you get to sit in the cockpit and gun turrets etc etc)


Bletchley Park                                                     27th August 2017                                             £13.50

(Nr Milton Keynes – Tour of the WW2 code breaking establishment – self guided tour with audio guide)


Dover Castle                                                        TBA Summer 2017                                           £15ish

(Tour of the medieval keep, underground WW2 hospital and command centre, Napoleonic tunnels and WW1 fire control centre, plus live firing of a WW1 3in AA gun)


Vulcan Bomber                                                  3rd September 2017                                             £25

(Nr Coventry – Internal and external VIP guided tour of a Vulcan bomber, including getting to sit in the cockpit and powering the aircraft up from a starter cart to operate control surfaces, bomb doors etc)


Note that some of these events are organised jointly with other groups (eg the Friends of the Tank museum etc) and that places on some of them are extremely limited.

Future events will probably include getting “behind the scenes” at the Tank Museum, a tour of the artillery and armour collections at RCMS Shrivenham and to the new RA / REME museum that will replace both Firepower! at Woolwich and the REME museums at Arborfield and Borden.  A lecture entitled  “Manufacture / metallurgy and the development of Gun Barrel’s” will be given sometime in October 2017, probably in the Sheffield area.


There are a number of organisations which run tours with historical military interests and the following company has some interesting European visits in its itinerary:


 A list of past Ordnance Society visits is at the bottom of this page.

O.S. Visit to DEODS April 2008

O.S. Visit to DEODS April 2008

O.S. at DEODS April 2008

O.S. at DEODS April 2008 – with Grand-Slam

Ordnance Soc visit3

Close Inspection of a 105mm HOW – Warminster



The relevant Newsletter which contains a description of these visits can be found in the Subject Index under ‘Society Meetings and Visit Reports’

A.W.E. Aldermaston 2015
BAE Systems, Barrow-in-Furness 2001
Birmingham Gun-Barrel Proof House 2007
Boscombe Down 2002
Bovington and Holton Heath 1996
(I) Calais, Todt Battery & V3 Site 1998
(II) Calais, V2 Sites 2000
Day In Essex (Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury Fort) 2002
Dover & Dover Turret 1994
Eskmeals and Kirkcudbright 1997
Fort Amherst & R.E.M.E. Museum, Chatham 2009
Fort Halstead 1992
Fort Nelson, Portsmouth 2003
Helicopter Museum, Weston Super Mare 2017
Kineton, B.O.D. 1993
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Museum 2016
Mary Rose, Behind the Scenes, Portsmouth 2015
Naval Ordnance Museum, Priddy’s Hard (now ‘EXPLOSION‘) 1991
Ordnance Disposal School & Museum, Chattenden 1990
P & EE, Lavington 1994
P & EE, Pendine 1994
Pattern Room, Nottingham 1991
(I) P.E.E. Shoeburyness 1990
(II) P.E.E. Shoeburyness 1992
Portsmouth Dockyard 1995
Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst 2016
(I) Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham 1991
(II) Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham 1992
(III) Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham 1996
Rotunda, Museum of Artillery 1989
Thames Forts boat trip 1998
Waltham Abbey, Royal Gunpowder Mills 1999
Warminster and Larkhill 1992
Warminster Small Arms School Corps Weapons Collection 2008
Western Rifle Shooting 2017
Whale Island, Portsmouth 2003
Whitechapel Bell Foundry 2017
Woolwich Experience, Arsenal, Rotunda, RA Barracks, RA Academy 1999



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