Meetings / Events
25/04/2018 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part III - Tragedy and Triumph.... and Tragedy
PFS member James Doherty continues the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.
28/04/2018 - PAV Recruiting Day
The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers are looking for new recruits. Why not come along to Fort Nelson on Saturday 28th April to see what is involved in this unique hobby.
23/05/2018 - The Enigma of Bletchley Park
A talk by PFS member Graham Walters about the work of the code breakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
PAV Recruitment Days - 28th April & 26th May 2018
Uniformed members of the PAV will be in the 'Voice of the Guns' at Fort Nelson on Saturdays 28th April & 26th May 2017 to encourage members of the public to join the PFS and, if suitable, the PAV.
All PFS members are welcome to come along to give the boys their support.
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Due to the anticipated bad weather and very low temperatures the PFS evening meeting on the 28th February is cancelled. We hope to re-schedule the talk on 'Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy' to a date later this year.
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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: