13-inch mortar                
16pr RML                
64pr Garrison carriage                
7-inch RBL                
16pr RML horsedrawn                
64pr blocked-up carriage                
On Manoeuvres                
Building of the Verne Citadel, Portland - Illustrated Times 1862                
Magazine sign, Synewood Battery, IoW                
Sligo Militia at Verne Quarry HA Battery, Portland August 1900                

Meetings / Events

26/07/2017 - PFS evening visit to Fort Purbrook
The PFS evening visit will be to Fort Purbrook on Portsdown Hill, from 1900hrs to 2100hrs. 
Please note that this visit is only suitable for members who are capable of completing a route that involves navigating obstacles such as ropes, hanging curtain, piles of mats and other such items, and also that there is low lighting in many areas. Torches and suitable footware are essential.
There is plenty of parking on the approach to the fort.
 
23/09/2017 - PFS 2017 Outing to Fort Burgoyne
 
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 23rd September to Fort Burgoyne, Dover, not visited by the Society as an organised visit before.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, departing 0800 sharp and returning around 2000. Full details of the outing and an application form will be available in due course
 
27/09/2017 - Members' Photo Evening

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

 

News

       

The Western Heights Preservation Society are pleased to announce their Spring Open Weekend. On the 20th and 21st May the Drop Redoubt fort and Grand Shaft staircase will be open to explore from 10:00 17:00 both days.

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The PFS Committee is pleased to advise the membership that 2016 edition of The Redan is now being distributed, those to our overseas members having been just been mailed. The Redan to our UK members will be mailed on the 27th February.
 
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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 1860s 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.