Tuesday 11th November – 35th meeting of 2014
A meeting at London Bridge today and then an overground train to Woolwich Arsenal and a short walk through the Market across Beresford Road and into the walled area which was Woolwich Arsenal. This is a large area which was until recent times still used for making armaments particularly in World War 11.
We made straight for the Museum building and the cafe where we meet one of the group and enjoyed a warming drink. While there we observed the two-minute silence which was signalled by a loud whistle. It was adept that we had planned to visit here today on Armistice, Rememberance Day particularly it being the anniversary of the start of World War 1. A guide from the Museum came and told us that it was free entry to the Museum today which was great as it would have been £4.50 for concessions.
We went into the Museum and were told there was a guided tour which some of us went on. The guide took us to show us a cannon which was once part of the Mary Rose and was still mounted on original wood. We then went into a large room which was full of guns, tanks and equipment from pre World War 1 to modern day including nuclear and drones! I found this very interesting and the size of some of the exhibits was amazing.
From here we went back to the main Museum and worked our way through the two world wars, the cold war, and the modern conflict Afghanistan. The first floor was devoted to First World War. The uniforms and the home front items were very good.
This is a very good museum and lots to see. It has moved here from Royal Artillery Woolwich Barracks which is just ‘up the hill’. It is very child friendly with interactive features and clothes for dressing-up, although we did have try of a few items! The staff are very friendly and helpful.
As we had not all taken the tour we were split up and at different places at the end so some went for another coffee and we all eventually met up. The very good shop was also an attraction!
This whole area which was The Woolwich Arsenal has been very well modernised. Many of the old buildings are being used for educational purposes and Greenwich Heritage have taken over a beautiful building. All this area is on the waterfront and there is now a Thames walk, cycle path and pier for public use. The accommodation is very tasteful, very modern and fits in well with the area. The street names and building names have also kept the military theme. I had a short walk around and was really impressed with it all, a very open, clean and pleasant area.