Between 1816 and 1988 The Royal Small Arms Factory was at the heart of Britain’s military small arms industry. Famous for creating some of the world’s most iconic weapons of the 19th and 20th centuries, the factory was responsible for many industrial breakthroughs. It is the birthplace of modern mass production in the United Kingdom, quality control, even 24 hour drinking!

This website will give you a brief introduction to the story of the Royal Small Arms Factory, classroom resources and information on visiting our heritage centre in the historic Main Machine Shop at Enfield Lock.


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The vibrant village centre at the heart of Enfield Island Village, converted from the historic Main Machine Shop of the Royal Small Arms Factory.

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RSA Island Village is the not for profit company who own and operate the RSA Island Centre on a day-to-day basis. Visit our corporate site to learn more about how we operate and how the scheme developed.

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The RSA Trust is our registered charity, responsible for distributing the profits made by the RSA Island Centre to good causes throughout the London Borough of Enfield and surrounding areas.

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