Meetings / Events
27/02/2019 - Commander 'Buster' Crabb - What Really Happened?
A fascinating talk by Dr. John Bevan of the Historical Diving Society who will provide an expert analysis of the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Commander Crabb during a spying mission on a Russian warship in Portsmouth Harbour in April 1956.
27/03/2019 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part IV
PFS member James Doherty concludes the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.
24/04/2019 - A Short Biography of the English Channel
Details to follow. Speaker: Iain Kennedy
The 2018 issue of The Redan is now available, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 13th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 15th October.
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The development of Fort Gilkicker
to create 26 exclusive beach-side homes has come to a halt, yet again.
According to the Portsmouth News Fort Gilkicker is back on the market after the
investors pull out. Developer Andrew Temperton said "...the investors from
Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don't want the hassle anymore, so
are moving on to other projects. Personally I am very disappointed... My main
frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I'm not
able to see the project through to the end."
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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 January, August and December);
Opportunities to visit other fortifications as a group member;
Opportunities to utilise the Society’s small library of reference books, maps and plans, 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!
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