Fort Burgoyne, Dover                
Horsesand Fort, Spithead                
Magazine plan - Hatherwood Battery, Isle of Wight - 1884                
7-inch RBL being fired at Fort Nelson by the PAV                
32pr SBBL, Saluting Battery, Malta                
100ton RML, Napier of Magdala Battery, Gibraltar                
Fort Bovisand, Plymouth                
Building of the Verne Citadel, Portland - Illustrated Times 1862                
Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing a 13inch Mortar, Fort Nelson                
Sligo Militia at Verne Quarry HA Battery, Portland August 1900                

Meetings / Events

24/09/2016 - PFS 2016 Outing to Landguard Fort
 
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 24th September to Landguard Fort, Suffolk, not visited by the Society as an organised visit before.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, departing 0730 sharp and returning around 2030. This should give around four and a half hours on site. Unfortunately, there will not be a pick up/drop off at Guildford Park & Ride because of the coach timings. Full details of the outing and an application form are available in the PFS Newsletter No. 134 or contact the Honorary Secretary on the Enquiries email address at the foot of the page.
 
28/09/2016 - Members' Photos Evening

PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.

 
15/10/2016 - PFS Annual General Meeting
The PFS 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on the 15th October 2016 at Fort Nelson, commencing at 1400hrs. All PFS members are welcome to attend.        
 

News

The PFS Annual General Meeting will be held on the 15th October 2016 at Fort Nelson, commencing at 1400hrs. All PFS members are welcome to attend.
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Nick Hall, PFS member and formally Keeper of Artillery at Fort Nelson, will be giving at talk entitled 'Fort Nelson - Rescue of a Palmerston Folly' at 7.45pm on the 10th November 2016 at the Havant Spring Arts and Heritage Centre. The Spring is at 56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS, and has ample parking. The cost of a ticket is £6.00. More details can be found at the website: http://thespring.co.uk/
 
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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 1860ís 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.