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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

  • 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

  • Lights, Camera, Action! RGM cinema upgrade complete

    We have finally completed our upgrade of the Royal Gunpowder Mills cinema! Made possible by the Heritage Recovery Grant, we are all set with light fixtures and accessible space. Perfect for those looking to hire a theatre or conference space. Read more

  • Behind the scenes: The Reopening of the Mills!

    News update on what the staff and volunteers of the royal gunpowder mills have doing to prepare for their grand reopening. 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