Great War Weekend
The Royal Gunpowder Mills played a key role in the First World War. Over six thousand people were employed here producing cordite for the guns, as well as other products. Our annual Great War event remembers those days with a variety fascinating displays.
The life of the British 'Tommy' is portrayed by members of the 'Rifles' re-enactment group, while the soldiers of other armies, French, Russian, even Austro-Hungarian, are represented by the members of other societies.
You can see how they lived, handle weapons and equipment, and enjoy talks and demonstrations. Civilian life is also represented by various costumed characters who will be promenading on the site over the weekend. There is also the chance to find out about your own ancestors with historical experts from the Western Front Association.
(Note: there will be no cavalry or air displays this year.)