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

26/04/2017 - The Opium Wars
Early in Queen Victoria's reign Britain was engaged in wars over trade disputes in China. This generally forgotten but fascinating period of history is the subject of a talk by PFS member Martin Franklin. 
              
 
24/05/2017 - To Be Advised
 
28/06/2017 - Die Todliche 88: Entwurf, Einsatz und Ableben
The Deadly 88: Design, Deployment and Demise!
Phil Magrath, Curator at Fort Nelson, tell the story of the deadly German 88mm gun, perhaps one of the finest artillery pieces of the Second World War.
 

News

                                                                
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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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   
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Meetings / Events

Meetings are held at Fort Nelson on the fourth Wednesday of every month, excluding August and December, often with speakers on military subjects that may range from Victorian guns to local history to World War One and Two.
 
The meetings are held at Fort Nelson from 19.30 to 21.00 hours, and are both informative and social occasions. One meeting each year is normally a visit to a local fort or gun battery not generally available to the public.
 
 

Forthcoming Events

26/04/2017

The Opium Wars

Early in Queen Victoria's reign Britain was engaged in wars over trade disputes in China. This generally forgotten but fascinating period of history is the subject of a talk by PFS member Martin Franklin. 
              
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24/05/2017

To Be Advised




28/06/2017

Die Todliche 88: Entwurf, Einsatz und Ableben

The Deadly 88: Design, Deployment and Demise!
Phil Magrath, Curator at Fort Nelson, tell the story of the deadly German 88mm gun, perhaps one of the finest artillery pieces of the Second World War.
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26/07/2017

PFS evening visit T.B.A.

       
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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
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27/09/2017

Members' Photo Evening

PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.

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14/10/2017

PFS Annual General Meeting

The PFS 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on the 14th October 2017 at Fort Nelson, commencing at 1400hrs. All PFS members are welcome to attend.        
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25/10/2017

The Boxer Rebellion 1899 - 1901

Following on from his earlier talk on The Opium Wars PFS member Martin Franklin continues the theme of British military involvement in China during Queen Victoria's reign.    
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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.
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24/01/2018

Members' Photos Evening

PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.

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