13-inch mortar, Fort Nelson                
1st Orkney Volunteer Artillery - 1902                
6-inch BL at Fort Westmoreland, Cork Ireland                
7-inch RBL, Fort Nelson                
Fort Bovisand, Plymouth                
Fort Horsted, Chatham                
Antrim Militia Artillery carrying out gun drill at Carrick Fergus Castle                
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

26/06/2019 - The Seven Ages of Aldershot Camp
A talk by Paul Vickers, Heritage Project Officer, Friends of Aldershot Military Museum
 
24/07/2019 - PFS evening visit to WW1 Remembrance Centre
The PFS evening visit will be to the WW1 Remembrance Centre in the Hilsea Lines. Full address: Bastion 6, Airport Service Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO3 5PJ.
The start time is 1900hrs with an anticipated finish time of 2100hrs. In addition to the opportunity to have a good look around there will be a 40 minute talk supported by artefacts and a guided tour, all of which is supported by the availability of tea, coffee and cold drinks.
All PFS members are welcome.
 
14/09/2019 - PFS 2019 Outing to the SS Great Britain at Bristol
 
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 14th September to the SS Great Britain at Bristol.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, departing 0800 sharp and returning around 1900. The coach will pick up from and return to the Chieveley Services just off the M4 near Newbury for those who that may find this arrangement helpful. Full details of the outing and an application form can be found in Newsletter No. 150
 

News


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.....
 
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Welcome

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 1860ís 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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