The Interpretation
of a Rich Heritage

The Interpretation Centre is an exhibition of the Royal Small Arms Factory's history, a vital part of the industrial past of the Lee Valley. The centre was established to interpret the
rich heritage of the Factory.

To make this possible we successfully applied for financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We raised matching funds from various sources, including the London Borough of Enfield, English Partnerships (LDA), Data Connection, Lee Valley Estates, Capita Property
Services, Allied Irish Bank plc, Enterprise Enfield, Mansell plc, and the RSAF Apprentices Association as well as a number of personal donations.

The Interpretation Centre is beneath the historic clock in the tower. The grants raised enabled the creation of the centre and the renovation of the tower. The Centre contains many examples of the weapons manufactured on the site together with pictures of the factory over the years and information on the manufacturing process.

An apprenticeship at the RSA Factory had an excellent reputation and examples of their work are on show.

The exhibits illustrate

  • The history of the Royal Small Arms Factory

  • The contribution it made towards 19th Century manufacturing techniques

  • Its impact on the economic and social development of Enfield

Our thanks go to the RSAF Apprentices Association who have sourced, provided and continue to maintain many of the exhibits. 

To organise a visit to the Interpretation Centre and Clock Tower please contact The RSA Office on: 01992 854 321 or email us 

Inside the Interpretation Centre

Above: Inside the Interpretation Centre


Below: A typical information board

An interpretation board (information panel)