Woolwich Stories
Our buildings have a long and rich history stretching way back to 1538, when a Tudor mansion was recorded here.

Ever since, the site has constantly been in motion, expanding and adapting as the world around it changes.

Situated on the historic Royal Arsenal, over the past 300 years Woolwich Works has housed a firework factory, a theatre and the Royal Artillery Band.

We're going to unearth the surprising and incredible stories of the Royal Arsenal's past, and shine a light on some of the people who make Woolwich what it is today.

Woolwich People: Ralf & Brenda

The Caribbean Social Forum started in January 2015 for anyone over the age of fifty to come along and meet new friends for a social afternoon. They run a varied programme each week to include speakers, demonstrations, games and much more.

Royal Borough of Greenwich spoke with a few of their members at the end of last year and asked them to share their thoughts.

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Woolwich People: Caroline & Stephen

Hear what more of the artists, creatives and creators at Thames-Side Studios had to say about the area when the team from Royal Borough of Greenwich caught up with them last November.

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Woolwich People: Fiona & Emile

During November 2019, the Royal Borough of Greenwich spoke with some of the creatives based at Thames-Side Studios - the largest single-site studio provider in the UK.

Here's what they had to say.

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Woolwich People: Mingurong

A little while ago, Royal Borough of Greenwich went out and about in the borough and spoke with local people. They wanted to hear their thoughts and learn about their connections to the area.

This week, we're introducing Mingurong, who was interviewed by a volunteer down at the YMCA in Woolwich Dockyard.

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Woolwich used to be the royally approved fireworks provider for all sorts of occasions - coronations, celebrations of peace treaties, and royal jubilees. It'll come as no surprise that this is why we call our main space the Fireworks Factory!

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Meet Roger Wilson: Woolwich Local and Jazz Devotee

National Youth Jazz Orchestra, one of our Resident Artistic Companies, exist to empower young jazz musicians and inspire music audiences across the UK. We caught up with Roger Wilson, NYJO’s Head of Professional Development. Roger’s been with the organisation for the last five years and as someone with a lifelong attachment to Woolwich, he’s excited to see the impact NYJO and Woolwich Works will have.

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Making A Real Difference

Born in Bethnal Green in 1871, Eliza Adelaide Knight was a leader of the first East London suffragettes and one of the most important figures of the women’s suffrage movement. She spent her life fighting stereotypes and overcoming prejudice to build a fairer society.

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Let’s have a Beanfeast!

Learn the intriguing story behind Beanfeast - the national holiday proclaimed by King George III during his 1773 visit to the site, and the namesake of one of our spaces for hire.

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Animal Magic

The site of Woolwich Works was originally known as Woolwich Warren - but not for the reason you might expect... It was used as a domestic rabbit warren in the grounds of the Tudor house, Tower Place!

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