09 June 2022
The Ordnance Society has been assembling the first ever UK database of preserved Breech-Loading (BL) and Quick-Firing (QF) artillery.
Over the past 15 months the Society has been making a comprehensive spreadsheet which is now freely available on its website. At the last count there were 330 guns listed. The database includes artillery from National Collections such as English Heritage, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum, National Museum of the Royal Navy, and Royal Armouries); and smaller collections such as Defence Academy, Eden Camp, Fort Amherst, Heugh Battery, Muckleburgh Collection, Newhaven Fort, New Tavern Fort, and Nothe Fort.
The data is wide ranging and includes serial numbers, dates, manufacturers, location, owner, comments, links to pictures if available, and country of origin if foreign.
The Ordnance Society has been able to almost double the size of its database with the addition of a large amount of valuable data from the Royal Artillery Collection, managed by the Royal Artillery Museum. There are now over 560 guns in the database.
Co-ordinated by the Friends of the Royal Artillery Collections the inclusion of this new data has been possible following significant research by members of RA Museum staff. It represents, for the first time, details of many guns in the RA Collection, available online and searchable by researchers.
This is a significant move forward and the Society hopes that in the future similar data on artillery equipment in the RA Collection and other museums and collections can be made available more widely on the internet.
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