Carnot Wall & Caponier, Shoreham Fort, Sussex                
Horsesand Fort, Spithead                
Part of Fort Elson Plan, Portsmouth - 1893                
Stack Rock Fort, Milford Haven                
9.2-inch BL, Lord Airey's Battery, Gibraltar                
100ton RML, Napier of Magdala Battery, Gibraltar                
Fort Horsted, Chatham                
Building of the Verne Citadel, Portland - Illustrated Times 1862                
Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing a 13inch Mortar, Fort Nelson                
RMA firing a 6.3inch RML howitzer - 1896                

Meetings / Events

23/04/2014 - World War One: 1861?

This is a change to our previously listed talk by PFS member Dave Tabner and deals with the Trent Affair, how a diplomatic incident nearly caused the first world war of the modern age.

 
28/05/2014 - Mapping Hampshire's Historic Highways
A talk by PFS member Steve Fisher
 
25/06/2014 - Robert Baden-Powell & the Defence of Mafeking 1899-1900
A talk on the Siege of Mafeking by local historian Owen Neal
 

News

The Society has received a message from the Isle of Wight Council which may appeal to PFS members: if you are interested an Isle of Wight Fort Walk on the 8th May 2014, please check out the News section.

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The next National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) research seminar entitled ‘The Professors of Fortification, RNC Greenwich.’ will take place on Wednesday 12 March at 1730 in the NMRN Library, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  ...> read more
 
 

Join Us

The Palmerston Forts Society welcomes new members, so if you have an interest in joining the Society, perhaps even firing the Victorian guns, then find out more.....
 
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Welcome

The Palmerston Forts Society was formed in 1984 and brings together enthusiasts who have an active interest in nineteenth century military fortifications and associated artillery worldwide, but particularly within Hampshire, and is focussed on the ring of forts that protected Portsmouth.
 
The Society is based at Fort Nelson, Fareham, in one of the Great Portsdown Forts built during the 1860’s to defend Portsdown Hill from occupation by an invading army. Had an enemy been positioned on the hill, then Portsmouth harbour and dockyard would have been vulnerable to artillery fire. 
 
Today Fort Nelson is run by Royal Armouries as their Museum of Artillery, and has recently undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment transforming it to museum for the 21st century.