Meetings / Events
27/06/2018 - The Pompey Pals Project
By the end of the First World War more than 1,400 men from Portsmouth had made the ultimate sacrifice. Tonight's talk is by Chris Pennycook, co-founder of the Pompey Pals Project, who will tell the personal stories of some of those men.
25/07/2018 - PFS evening visit HMS Sultan Forts
The PFS evening visit will be to the HMS Sultan Forts of Rowner and Grange from 1900hrs to 2100hrs. Because these forts are on MOD land certain security protocols will have to be observed, including pre-booking with all visitor's names and vehicle details being required two weeks in advance of the visit. The Membership Secretary will announce these requirements by email to all members in due course, so no need to respond until requested to do so. Photograph identification will be required by all visitors
22/09/2018 - PFS 2018 Outing to the Western Heights at Dover
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 22nd September to the Western Heights, Dover, not visited by the Society as an organised visit before. The visit coincides with an Open Day put on by the Western Heights Preservation Society (WHPS) and will include the Drop Redoubt, the Grand Shaft and many of the other interesting sites on the Heights.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, departing 0800 sharp and returning around 1930. Full details of the outing and an application form can be found in Newsletter No. 146
Fort Brockhurst will be open to the public on the second Saturday of each month until September, the next date being the 9th June, with opening times from 1100 to 1500hrs. Refreshments are available.
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PAV Recruitment Days - 28th April & 26th May 2018
Uniformed members of the PAV will be in the 'Voice of the Guns' at Fort Nelson on Saturdays 28th April & 26th May 2017 to encourage members of the public to join the PFS and, if suitable, the PAV.
All PFS members are welcome to come along to give the boys their support.
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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 2017.
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.