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Overview

The Royal Artillery Museum’s collection is one of the most important in the UK, and probably the finest gathering of artillery pieces anywhere in the world.

The collection is unrivalled, covering 600 years of artillery development as well as three centuries of Royal Artillery history. It is one of only 148 collections awarded designated status under the Arts Council England scheme which identifies and celebrates outstanding collections which deepen our understanding of the world.

It contains an extraordinary variety of pieces from across the globe, examples of most artillery weapons and systems used in defence of the nation, and a number of unique prototypes and models that give an insight into how weaponry has been developed.

As well as guns and missile launchers, the collection includes surveillance and target acquisition equipment, drones, communications systems, ammunition, uniforms, insignia, paintings, sculptures and medals. The medal collection is of national importance and has been described as the finest regimental collection in the British Army. We currently have over 10,000 medals and decorations including over 20 Victoria Crosses. More information on our medal collection is available here.

The Royal Artillery Museum’s library and archive, which cover over 300 years of the Royal Regiment’s history, also form an extremely important element of the collection. You can find out more about them here.

The collection is currently in storage at the Science Museum site in Wroughton, and buildings in and close to the RA Barracks at Larkhill. Our Collections Management Team is currently working on a programme of conservation activity to prepare artefacts for exhibition in the new museum. Their work is supported by our highly valued and enthusiastic volunteers. You can find out more about our current volunteering opportunities here.

If you have an enquiry relating to the collection or would like to view a particular artefact please contact us via our online form.

The Royal Artillery Museum manages the collection on behalf of the Royal Artillery Historical Trust. More information on the collection is available here.