Meetings / Events
26/07/2017 - PFS evening visit to Fort Purbrook
The PFS evening visit will be to Fort Purbrook on Portsdown Hill, from 1900hrs to 2100hrs.
Please note that this visit is only suitable for members who are capable of completing a route that involves navigating obstacles such as ropes, hanging curtain, piles of mats and other such items, and also that there is low lighting in many areas. Torches and suitable footware are essential.
There is plenty of parking on the approach to the fort.
23/09/2017 - PFS 2017 Outing to Fort Burgoyne
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 23rd September to Fort Burgoyne, Dover, not visited by the Society as an organised visit before.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, departing 0800 sharp and returning around 2000. Full details of the outing and an application form will be available in due course
27/09/2017 - Members' Photo Evening
PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.
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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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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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.