Meetings / Events
26/04/2017 - The Opium Wars
Early in Queen Victoria's reign Britain was engaged in wars over trade disputes in China. This generally forgotten but fascinating period of history is the subject of a talk by PFS member Martin Franklin.
24/05/2017 - To Be Advised
28/06/2017 - Die Todliche 88: Entwurf, Einsatz und Ableben
The Deadly 88: Design, Deployment and Demise!
Phil Magrath, Curator at Fort Nelson, tell the story of the deadly German 88mm gun, perhaps one of the finest artillery pieces of the Second World War.
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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Visit to Fort Burgoyne
A note for your diaries - 23rd September 2017. The PFS day outing for this year has been confirmed as Fort Burgoyne at Dover. As normal, a coach will be hired for the day, departing and returning to/from Fort Nelson. Details and timings have yet to be arranged
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The Palmerston Forts Society was formed in 1984 and is based at Fort Nelson, Fareham, which is now home to the Royal Armouries Museum of Artillery.
In the early 1980’s Fort Nelson was quietly crumbling away but was rescued by the intervention of Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire County Council, together with a small number of dedicated volunteers, to preserve it for future generations. These local volunteers went on to become the core of the Society which now has an international membership.
PFS members are encouraged to share their research with a view to publishing it in the Society’s annual journal ‘The Redan’ which is distributed each October. Meetings are held at Fort Nelson on the fourth Wednesday of every month, excluding August and December, often with speakers on military subjects that may range from Victorian guns to local history to World War One and Two. One meeting each year is normally a visit to a local fort or gun battery not generally available to the public, and each year at least one visit is made to fortifications outside of the area. The Society’s Annual General Meeting is held at Fort Nelson each October.
Members are welcome to take part in conservation activities and Saturday morning work parties at Fort Nelson (in cooperation with Royal Armouries). In the past two years the PFS work parties have achieved a great amount on the western ramparts at the Fort, including building an Ordinary Gun Platform on which a 64pr RML mounted on a Common Garrison Carriage is located, and creating a new firing step on which soldiers would have been deployed during an attack.
The Palmerston Forts Society is a registered charity, for more information please use the following link to the Charities Commission web-site: