Raise a pint for heritage centre
PUBLISHED: 11:35 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010
KNIGHTS catching the Docklands Light Railway and mayors pulling pints were just some of the scenes from the grand opening of a £6million heritage centre. Discover Greenwich, housed in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, was opened by the Mayor of L
KNIGHTS catching the Docklands Light Railway and mayors pulling pints were just some of the scenes from the grand opening of a £6million heritage centre.
Discover Greenwich, housed in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, was opened by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Monday evening.
The centre is to become the starting point for understanding the famous World Heritage Site.
Key figures from Henry VIII to Admiral Lord Nelson are highlighted in a narrative uncovering the history, not only of Greenwich but of Britain, for the million tourists who visit the area annually.
TV historians Dan Cruickshank and David Starkey were also at the launch. Mr Starkey said: "A great and magnificent swathe of British history is encompassed by Maritime Greenwich.
"Discover Greenwich provides the opportunity to get under the skin of this World Heritage Site, to see its history laid out before you and understand how Greenwich, London and Britain have evolved together."
New additions include an exhibition hall, temporary exhibition gallery, shop, and a tourist information centre.
Over 500 years of history, from daily life and jousting at King Henry VIII's Tudor palace, home of Mary I, and Elizabeth I and Sir Christopher Wren's Royal Hospital for Seamen, through to the Royal Naval College and modern Greenwich are explored.
A brewery also made a comeback to the site after 140 years, in the building that once brewed and piped beer directly to the Royal Hospital for seamen as a "restorative drink", with each naval pensioner receiving a ration of three pints a day.
This has now become the Old Brewery, run by Meantime Brewing Company, and hosts a restaurant, bar and café, with a brewery creating historical and modern beers.