Meetings / Events
24/04/2019 - A Short Biography of the English Channel
A short biography of the English Channel or "Why we are, why
we are” beginning with when the Channel was formed and how this narrow stretch
of water has come to influence the way we think, speak and behave. Many welcome
visitors, some less so, and some would-be visitors who so very, very nearly made
it, but not quite: Phillip II of Spain and his vast Armada, Bonaparte with
barges, a tunnel and hot air balloons, and you know who in those perilous early
1940s. Brussels? Don't dare mention it. Speaker: Iain Kennedy
22/05/2019 - Tommy Atkins
Tommy Atkins –
A generic term for the British soldier in two world wars, but the origin of the
name "Tommy” has its roots in the nineteenth century. This talk by PFS member Michael Forrest describes the
life of the regular British soldier on the Western Front during the First World
26/06/2019 - The Seven Ages of Aldershot Camp
A talk by Paul Vickers, Heritage Project Officer, Friends of Aldershot Military Museum
The 2018 issue of The Redan is now available, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 13th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 15th October.
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The development of Fort Gilkicker
to create 26 exclusive beach-side homes has come to a halt, yet again.
According to the Portsmouth News Fort Gilkicker is back on the market after the
investors pull out. Developer Andrew Temperton said "...the investors from
Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don't want the hassle anymore, so
are moving on to other projects. Personally I am very disappointed... My main
frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I'm not
able to see the project through to the end."
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The Palmerston Forts Society welcomes new members, so if you have an interest in joining the Society, perhaps even firing the Victorian guns, then find out more.....
The Palmerston Forts Society was formed in 1984 and brings together enthusiasts who have an active interest in nineteenth century military fortifications and associated artillery worldwide, but particularly within Hampshire, and is focussed on the ring of forts that protected Portsmouth.
The Society is based at Fort Nelson, Fareham, in one of the Great Portsdown Forts built during the 1860’s to defend Portsdown Hill from occupation by an invading army. Had an enemy been positioned on the hill, then Portsmouth harbour and dockyard would have been vulnerable to artillery fire.
Today Fort Nelson is run by Royal Armouries as their Museum of Artillery, and has recently undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment transforming it to museum for the 21st century.
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the Palmerston Forts Society and may not be copied or shared without the
of the Palmerston Forts Society.