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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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 2018.
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 238 individual Fort Logs are available to the members covering Forts and Batteries from Orkney to Guernsey, 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 238 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.