13-inch mortar                
16pr RML                
64pr Garrison carriage                
7-inch RBL                
16pr RML horsedrawn                
64pr blocked-up carriage                
On Manoeuvres                
Building of the Verne Citadel, Portland - Illustrated Times 1862                
Magazine sign, Synewood Battery, IoW                
Sligo Militia at Verne Quarry HA Battery, Portland August 1900                

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

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. ...> read more
 
       

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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News

 

Redan 78 Availability

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.
14/10/2017> Read full story



Dover Western Heights Preservation Society Spring Open Weekend

       

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.


13/05/2017> Read full story



Redan No. 77 - The mail out has begun!

                                                                
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.
 

24/02/2017> Read full story



Visit to Fort Burgoyne - 23rd September 2017

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   

15/01/2017> Read full story



PAV Recruitment Days - 18th & 19th February 2017

PAV Recruitment Days - 18th & 19th February 2017
 
Uniformed members of the PAV will be in the 'Voice of the Guns' at Fort Nelson on the weekend of the 18th - 19th February 2017 with the objective 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.

15/01/2017> Read full story



Freshwater Redoubt For Sale

          
It has recently been announced that Freshwater Redoubt on the Isle of Wight is for sale at a price tag of £3,000,000.

23/11/2016> Read full story



PFS AGM scheduled for the 15th October 2016

The PFS Annual General Meeting will be held on the 15th October 2016 at Fort Nelson, commencing at 1400hrs. All PFS members are welcome to attend.

07/07/2016> Read full story



Fort Nelson talk by Nicholas Hall - 10th November 2016

       
Nick Hall, PFS member and formally Keeper of Artillery at Fort Nelson, will be giving at talk entitled 'Fort Nelson - Rescue of a Palmerston Folly' at 7.45pm on the 10th November 2016 at the Havant Spring Arts and Heritage Centre. The Spring is at 56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS, and has ample parking. The cost of a ticket is £6.00. More details can be found at the website: http://thespring.co.uk/
 

06/07/2016> Read full story



Shoreham Fort Military History Weekend 4th & 5th June 2016

The Friends of Shoreham Fort in Sussex are staging a Military History Weekend on the 4th and 5th June 2016. The event will cover the history of the fort from Victorian times until after the Second World War with reenactors showing the soldiers who would have manned the fort. There will be members from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers, the Sussex Regiment Living History Group, the Surrey Rifle Volunteers and the Cumberland Guard. All PFS members are invited to attend.
18/05/2016> Read full story



2016 PFS Annual Outing confirmed as Landguard Fort

The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 24th September with the venue now confirmed as Landguard Fort, Suffolk, not visited by the Society as an organised visit before. Because of the driving distance involved, we hope to have around 4 to 5 hours at Landguard but there will not be a second fort or historic site visit as with previous years.
 
As usual the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, with an early start at 07.30hrs and a return time estimate of 20.30hrs. Unfortunately, due to the coach timings there will be no opportunity for a pick up/drop off at Guildford Park & Ride. Full details of the outing and an application form are available in the newsletter No. 134.       

25/02/2016> Read full story



Portsdown Artillery Volunteers 2016 Firing Dates -see PAV tab

The 2016 Portsdown Artillery Firing dates have now been scheduled - see PAV tab.
27/01/2016> Read full story



Redan No 76 is in the post

The Redan's have now been received from the printers and are being despatched to all members.
06/12/2015> Read full story



2015 AGM

2015 AGM Reports and Minutes have been published on-line.


30/10/2015> Read full story



Queen Victoria's Volunteer Soldiers

An article entitled 'Queen Victoria's Volunteer Soldiers' has been published in 'Discover Your History' e-magazine, written and illustrated by PFS members Michael Forrest and Duncan Williams.
13/10/2014> Read full story



Sea Fort up for Sale

Grain Tower at the entrance to the River Medway is up for sale.

12/08/2014> Read full story



Isle of Wight Forts Walk - Thursday 8 May 2014

The Society has received a message from the Isle of Wight Council which may appeal to PFS members: if you are interested an Isle of Wight Fort Walk on the 8th May 2014, please check out the News section.


08/05/2014> Read full story



Back copies of the Redan are available to buy

We have a number of the back issues of the Redan available for PFS members to buy.

 

05/12/2013> Read full story



New edition of British Fortifications booklet

The Palmerston Forts Society have just published a new and revised version of British Fortification in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
 
This 36 page booklet was first published in 2003, but now it has been updated and revised for this latest 2013 full colour edition.
 
 

28/08/2013> Read full story



Pathe News of BL gun firing

This nice original 1935 film by Pathe News was discovered on Pathe News web site by PFS member David Tabner.


22/01/2013> Read full story