Inchgarvie, Firth of Forth plan                
Horsesand Fort, Spithead                
Part of Fort Elson Plan, Portsmouth - 1893                
7-inch RBL being fired at Fort Nelson by the PAV                
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

28/01/2015 - Members' Photos Evening

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

25/02/2015 - 'Portsmouth - Harlots, Dung and Glory' Part Two

The second part of the fascinating story of Portsmouth by local historian Andrew Negus, from post-Napoleonic War to the twentieth century.

25/03/2015 - Gallipoli 1915 Part One - Battleships....
PFS member Michael Forrest describes the naval prelude to the Gallipoli Campaign, from the begining of the First World War to the disastrous events of the 18 March 1915 in the Dardanelles Strait.       


The latest edition of the Society's journal - Redan No. 75 - is now being distributed to the membership. ...> read more
The Palmerston Forts Society AGM was held on Saturday 18th October 2014 at Fort Nelson.
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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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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.