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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Society Activities

A sample selection of photographs from PFS events, meetings and visits - click on any picture to start slide show.
 
Society visit Summer 2012, 6-inch BL emplacements on No.2 Battery Members visit to No.2 Battery, Stokes Bay Diving Museum - Summer 2012 PAV working on the 8-inch shell gun at Pendennis CastlePFS visit to West Moncrieff position, Hilsea LinesMembers' Evening at Fort Nelson Fort Rowner visit - Summer 2011 Visit to Coalhouse Fort, East TilburyThe PAV relax around the 32 pdr SBBLThe PAV 'running back' the 7 inch RBL ArmstrongPAV 'running back' the 64pdr RML on the blocked-up carriagePFS work party looking smug at the end of the dayPFS visit to foreign partsPAV 'ready' to fire the 64pdr RML to celebrate 25 years of the PFSPAV firing the 16pdr RML field gunPFS visit to Fort WidleyPAV in 'blues & helmets'PFS work party laying hogging at Fort Nelson - fine adjustments!PFS work party laying gravel hogging on the West terreplein Fort NelsonPAV around the 13 inch mortar dressed for a US civil war event at Fort NelsonPAV 'detatchment rear' alongside the 16pdr RMLPAV firing the 16pdr RML field gun at Fort NelsonPAV in the replica barrack room at Fort NelsonPFS work party working on the garrison carriage for the 64 pdr RMLPAV firing the 32pdr SBBL, note the muzzle flash and friction tube tracePFS work party laying the gravel hogging on the West terreplein at Fort NelsonPFS work party loading hogging for use on the west terreplein at Fort NelsonPFS work party painting the 64 pdr RML of 58cwtPFS work party check that the newly built gun platform can take the weightPAV firing the 13 inch land service mortar during an American Civil War eventPAV waiting for their tea in the Fort Nelson replica barrack roomFort Nelson officers mess kitchen, with two kitchen maidsLoading of the 32 pdr SBBL with the powder cartridgeDetail of the reproduction breech for the 32 pdr SBBLFiring of the 32 pdr SBBL within the North caponier of Fort NelsonThe business end of a 32 pdr SBBL, Fort Nelson North CaponierPAV firing the 64 pdr RML on Garrison Carriage at Fort NelsonPAV 'running up' the 64 pdr RML on Garrison Carriage at Fort NelsonPAV reloading 32 pdr SBBL at Fort Nelson