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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Society Published Articles - The Redan
The Palmerston Forts Society provides its members with an annual journal "The Redan". The articles within the Redan are the results of individual members' research and cover all manner of subjects. The Redan has been published since 1986 and as a result it is a rich source of information for PFS members on all matters relating to Victorian Fortifications.
Below are a few samples of Redan articles taken from the back issues of the Redan which give a taste of the diverse nature of the articles published:
The married life of a soldier -
The defences of the Mersey -
Billiards in the forts -
To get an idea of what research articles are contained within the past issues of the Redan, the following document is a complete index from 1986 to 2016.
All the past issues of the Redan are available for members to view/download within the members area of the web site which can be entered by keying in a user name and password into the input fields in the top right of the page.
Fort Log is a series of two page documents designed to give the reader the key points and summarised information about each Victorian Fort & Battery within Great Britain. Like theRedan articles, the Fort Logs are the result of individual member's researchand have been accumulated since their inception since 1993.
To date 233 individual Fort Logs are available to the members covering Forts and Batteries from Orkney to St Ives, in Cornwall, and many places in-between. They are included within the index document above.
A Sample Fort Logs are given below:
Pendennis Castle -
Liscard Battery -
Fort Log like the Redan is a rich source of information about the Victorian Forts and Batteries of Great Britain, and the format given enables them to be used as field guides. All 233 Fort Logs are available in the members section of the web-site to be downloaded together with some useful maps to help identify the location of each site.