The Ordnance Society

Ordnance & Artillery of All Periods


This page is designed to highlight Ordnance Museums, Items, Sites and Archives which are or might be at risk; and to support where appropriate campaigns to save the ‘Ordnance at Risk’.

If you would like to make the Ordnance Society aware of any ordnance at risk, then please send details to:-



The following are already known:

FIREPOWER – The Royal Artillery Museum

The Firepower museum at Woolwich closed in 2016. The Royal Artillery Collections are safeguarded by the Royal Artillery Heritage Trust. This organisation looks after the thousands of artefacts relating to the history of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. These artefacts range from personal items used by Gunners in their service, to the massive railway guns used in WW1. Also included are a unique collection of medals and the Library and Archive. Part of the Collection was on display in Firepower, run by Royal Artillery Museum Limited, but other parts have been, and continue to be on loan to other organisations including serving regiments of the Royal Artillery and a Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust exhibition, The Making of Woolwich – The Royal Regiment of Artillery in Woolwich.

Items from the closed museum are in secure storage pending the establishment of a new facility. The Library and Archive has been re-established at Larkhill, Wiltshire and is open for research by appointment with the archivist Sian Mogridge (

The Friends of Firepower organisation has become the Friends of the Royal Artillery Collections, Membership Secretary Rick Hatton ( which, in reflection of its new title, continues to take an active part in ensuring that the Collections will be available for access and display in the future.


ENGLISH HERITAGE. Although it does not directly include Ordnance at Risk, the English Heritage At Risk Register does include a number of sites with very strong ordnance links, e.g. The Rotunda at Woolwich and Coalhouse Fort on the North bank of the Thames:-