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

26/10/2016 - Troopships - When Ocean Liners Went To War

Troops have been transported by warships for centuies but it was in the nineteen century that Britain began to adapt passenger ships for this purpose and to build dedicated troopships. A talk by PFS member Michael Forrest

23/11/2016 -  The Battle of Leyte Gulf
A talk by PFS member Geoff Hallett. The Battle of Leyte Gulf is considered to be the largest naval battle of the Second World War, and by some criteria perhaps the largest naval battle in history.


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:
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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.