The Ordnance Society

Ordnance & Artillery of All Periods

ORDNANCE AT RISK

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:-

ordnance.society @btinternet.com

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The following are already known:

  1. FIREPOWER – The Royal Artillery Museum at Woolwich Arsenal (http://firepower.org.uk/) closed its doors on Friday 8th July 2016 and will eventually move to a new Museum at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain.  There appears to be a lack of a suitable area and resources available and there is a fear that the many rare and often unique items at Woolwich will disappear into store somewhere in Wiltshire for several years.  The new facility at Larkhill MAY be opened in 2019/2020.  Latest updates on the Firepower web-site.
  2. The ROYAL GUNPOWDER MILLS at Waltham Abbey is at risk of being severely reduced in size and in losing a lot of the major historical areas and buildings on the site.  Large parts are apparently planned to be leased to the children’s holiday company PGL.  There is an existing campaign to fight the proposals – http://save-rgm.org/.
  3. 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:-  https://www.historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk.
  4. It was reported in the media a few weeks ago that MOD funding to a number of military museums was being cut.  There is no news as yet of any particular museums being affected and updates will be reported here.