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Schools Programme

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Author: Adam Warren

Volunteer

The Royal Gunpowder Mills is reliant on the time, skills, knowledge and hard work given by the team of volunteers. The team works to preserve and share the site and its unique history, for the visitors and for the future.

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Author: Adam Warren

Royal Gunpowder Mills Digital Archive

After the closure of ERDE, the archive material inherited passed through a number of hands and storage locations before opening to the public as an online database.

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Author: Ian MacFarlane

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News

  • Schools are back!

    School visits are back at the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Choose from Victorian Life or Wartime at the Royal Gunpowder Mills or enjoy an explosive day out with our Rockets session Read more

  • Explosive Sunday Open Days at the Gunpowder Mills

    Professor Nitrate has been entertaining our visitors on Sundays with his Explosive Science shows. Our narrow gauge railway and tractor tours are running along with our exhibitions and our rocket making and firing activities. Read more

  • Springing to Life

    Spring has arrived at the The Royal Gunpowder Mills, as we are getting ready for a Covid safe reopening nature is taking over and bursting with life. Read all about it in our news letter. Read more

Our exhibitions

  • Main Exhibition and Film

    Travel back through time and discover 300 years of explosive and top secret history through film, exhibitions and interactive displays. Read more

  • The Rocket Vault

    Explore our Rocket Vault which holds 19th century gunpowder rockets through to Cold War guided missiles. Read more

  • Women at War

    A photography exhibition celebrating the women who worked in the war industries during the First World War. Read more

  • The Armoury

    Discover how firearms changed over the centuries by visiting our collection of over 300 historic firearms. Read more