Published: Thursday, 8th November 2018

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is staging a range of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The borough has its own place in military history, with Woolwich becoming the home of the UK's first barracks, the Royal Artillery. The Barracks were located in Woolwich for almost 300 years until its move to Salisbury five years ago.

The historical relationship is recalled in 'Making Woolwich', an exhibition which tells the story of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and its connection to Woolwich, the Royal Arsenal and the people who lived in the area.

Featuring objects from the Royal Borough of Greenwich Museum and Archive Collections alongside objects from the Royal Artillery Historical Trust, Making Woolwich marks this important anniversary. The exhibition is currently being displayed at the Town Hall.

Wreath laying ceremonies are taking place across the borough until Sunday 11 November, including at the Thamesmead War Memorial with the Remembrance Service on Saturday 10 at 10.45am in Joyce Dawson Way.

Book of Remembrance

The Royal Borough has published an online Book of Remembrance for those wishing to leave a tribute for people commemorated in the book, and for residents to add the names of people who gave their lives for their country. There is also an actual copy of the book in the Town Hall for those who wish to sign personally.

There is a free performance of The Canaries, a play by local playwright Louisa Le Marchand, in Building 41, Royal Arsenal. The site is one of the few remaining buildings where women munitions workers actually operated and performances take place on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November.

Theatre goers can experience the journey through the hardships of war as well as the love, laughter and companionship that the women of Woolwich Royal Arsenal found in their lives. Free tickets can be obtained on Eventbrite.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Danny Thorpe said: "It's important to mark the anniversary of the fallen and to give thanks to those who gave their lives for this country in wars and conflicts. These commemorations show we will never forget."

Wreath laying

Friday 9 November

  • 10.45am: Woolwich Town Hall, Wellington Street, SE18
  • 2.30pm: War Memorial Hospital, Shooters Hill Road, SE18
  • 3pm: Greenwich Cemetery War Memorial, Westmount Road, SE9

Saturday 10 November

  • 10.45am: Thamesmead War Memorial (including Remembrance Service), Joyce Dawson Way, SE28
  • 10.45am: Maze Hill War Memorial, Greenwich Park, Charlton Way, Junction with Maze Hill SE3
  • 11.20am: St John's Church, Stratheden Road, SE3
  • 11.40am: St Luke's Church, The Village, SE7
  • 12 noon: Charlton Cemetery, Cemetery Lane, SE7
  • 12 noon: Plumstead Cemetery War Memorial, via Lodge Hill, Upper Wickham Lane SE2
  • 12.20pm: Woolwich New Cemetery War Memorial, Camdale Road, SE18

Sunday 11 November

  • 10.30am: Eltham War Memorial veteran and cadet parade: Junction of Eltham Hill/Eltham High Street SE9
  • St Johns the Baptist Church (service to follow parade above), Eltham High Street, SE9
  • 10.40am: St Michaels All Angels Church (including service), Abbey Wood Road, SE2
  • 11am: Flight Lt. Richard Reynell memorial, The Point, SE10