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

20/07/2016 - PFS evening visit to the Hilsea Lines
This year's PFS outside evening visit is to explore the Hilsea Lines on the north shore of Portsea Island. The visit will be hosted by former PFS Chairman Geoffrey Salvetti.
Members to assemble by 18.45hrs in the car park by the tennis courts at the Portsmouth Grammer School (PGS) playing fields (i.e. the western end of the Military Road) for the tour which will begin at 1900hrs and last up to 2100hrs. Access to this road is just south of the Shell filling station (formally the bus depot), then passing through the PGS gate which will be opened from 18.30hrs. This is an excellent opportunity for those who have not enjoyed an escorted tour of the Lines before, including areas not normally available to the public.
24/09/2016 - PFS 2016 Outing to Landguard Fort
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 24th September with the venue now confirmed as Landguard Fort, not visited by the Society as an orgainsed visit before.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, with a pick up/drop off at Guildford Park & Ride if there is demand. Full details of the outing and an application form will be available in the next newsletter


The Friends of Shoreham Fort in Sussex are staging a Military History Weekend on the 4th and 5th June 2016. The event will cover the history of the fort from Victorian times until after the Second World War with reenactors showing the soldiers who would have manned the fort. There will be members from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers, the Sussex Regiment Living History Group, the Surrey Rifle Volunteers and the Cumberland Guard. All PFS members are invited to attend. ...> read more
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 24th September with the venue now confirmed as Landguard Fort, Suffolk, not visited by the Society as an organised visit before. Because of the driving distance involved, we hope to have around 4 to 5 hours at Landguard but there will not be a second fort or historic site visit as with previous years.
As usual the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, with an early start at 07.30hrs and a return time estimate of 20.30hrs. Unfortunately, due to the coach timings there will be no opportunity for a pick up/drop off at Guildford Park & Ride. Full details of the outing and an application form are available in the newsletter No. 134.       
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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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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.