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

23/05/2018 - The Enigma of Bletchley Park
A talk by PFS member Graham Walters about the work of the code breakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
 
26/05/2018 - PAV Recruiting Day
The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers are looking for new recruits. Why not come along to Fort Nelson on Saturday 26th May to see what is involved in this unique hobby.
 
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.
              
 

News


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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Due to the anticipated bad weather and very low temperatures the PFS evening meeting on the 28th February is cancelled. We hope to re-schedule the talk on 'Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy' to a date later this year.

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PAV firings 2013

Pictures from the PAV gun firing events of 2013 - click on any picture to start slide show.
 
The crew resting between drillsThe lone bombadiermore meeting & greetingNo. 1 lays the gunGun numbers 4 & 5 open the breechGun crew under cover awaiting ordersThe bombadierMeet & Greet out side of the Haxo casemate7-inch Armstrong - Fire!32pr SBBL drill - Fire!!!!32pr SBBL drill - Fire!32pr SBBL drill - detatchment rear32pr SBBL drill - meeting the public32pr SBBL drill - Load32pr SBBL drill - Fire!32pr SBBL drillThe Fog of War, Run Back following the firing of the 64pr on a wet day Firing the 64pr RML on Garrison CarriageFiring the 64pr RML on Garrison Carriage  at Fort NelsonPAV detatchment in North Caponier, Crownhill Fort, PlymouthReady to Fire, 32pr SBBL Crownhill FortPAV cleaning out the 32pr ML at Crownhill FortUsing the loading tackle on the blocked up platform at Crownhill FortPreparing to Run Back the 32pr ML on blocked up platformPAV detatchment at Crownhill Fort, PlymouthUsing the capstan on 7-inch RBL Moncrieff at Crownhill FortDepressing the 7-inch RBL Moncrieff manually at Crownhill FortGun maintenance on 7-inch RBL Moncrieff at Crownhill FortFinally traversing gear works on the 7-inch RBL Moncrieff at Crownhill FortGun maintenance on 7-inch RBL Moncrieff at Crownhill FortGun maintenance on 7-inch RBL Moncrieff at Crownhill FortGun maintenance on 7-inch RBL Moncrieff at Crownhill Fort