Meetings / Events
22/11/2017 - The French Navy 1840 to 1900: the Strategy of the Weak
A talk by PFS member Geoff Hallett on the development of the French Navy through the second half of the nineteeth century.
24/01/2018 - Members' Photos Evening
PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.
28/02/2018 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy - Part III
PFS member James Doherty continues the story of how the Royal Navy developed during the reign of Queen Victoria.
News Update - The 2017 issue of The Redan is now available, having been distributed to members who attended this year's AGM on the 14th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 16th October.
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The Western Heights Preservation Society are pleased to announce
their Spring Open Weekend. On the 20th and 21st May the
Drop Redoubt fort and Grand Shaft staircase will be open to explore from 10:00 –
17:00 both days.
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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 235 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 235 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.