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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Membership of the Palmerston Forts Society is open to all enthusiasts of nineteenth century fortifications and artillery aged over 18 years, and membership will apply to a member’s spouse / partner (although the spouse / partner does not have voting rights unless they are a member themselves).
Benefits of membership include:
Regular newsletters and advance information of the Society’s activities;
The Society’s annual journal ‘The Redan;
Attendance at the monthly meetings held at Fort Nelson (excluding August and December);
Opportunities to visit other fortifications as a group member;
Opportunities to utilise the Society’s small library of reference books, and to request further research assistance from Royal Armouries own library resources;
The opportunity to join the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and to fire Victorian ordnance (only after suitable Health & Safety training);
Voting rights at the Society’s Annual General Meeting held at Fort Nelson each October;
Opportunities to attend regular work parties at Fort Nelson and to be involved with maintenance and conservation work at the fort, if a member is so inclined. This is not mandatory!
UK & EC Europe £20.00 } Note if choosing to pay using Paypal an additional
Rest of the World £25.00 } processing fee is charged to cover the cost of this option.
The membership year commences 1 October. A half-year subscription of £10.00 is available to new members joining between April and September.
Please send your completed application form and cheque made payable to ‘The Palmerston Forts Society’ to:
Membership Secretary, Palmerston Forts Society
Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, Hants, UK PO17 6AN
Payment by bank transfer is also possible.