Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills

Waltham Abbey Royal Gunpowder Mills

At a glance


  • Education
  • Environment
  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Geographical remit: 


Our objective is the maintenance and development of a 170 acre historic site which for many hundreds of years  was an industrial site for manufacturing gunpowder and latterly research into rockets.  We provide an education programme for local schools and in school holidays operate  a visitor attraction open to the general public. Learning and sharing is high on our agenda.

We have approximately 200 buildings in various conditions and our small staff and 100+ volunteers work tirelessly to conserve, preserve and restore.

Our site has many undisturbed areas with vast amounts of wildlife including herons and dragonflies - despite our position on the Essex/North London border.


We have developed a Scheduled Monument Plan which identifies and prioritises how we will preserve and restore ancient buildings telling the story of cordite and gunpowder.  We tell the story through the people who worked on the site in the past, the tools they used, the conditions they worked in  etc.

Our Visitor Attraction aims to be educational, stimulating and enjoyable.  There is much freedom to explore this large  site including  2 passenger railways that have been renovated by volunteers and  land train.

Our extensive Education Programme focuses on Key Stage 1 and 2 children but we have plans to extend.  We believe that history should be fun and our  staff dress up and fully engage with our young visitors.  


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