Meetings / Events
22/07/2015 - PFS evening visit to Explosion Museum at Priddy's Hard
This year's PFS outside evening visit is to Explosion: The Museum of Naval Firepower. The visit will include Building 309 which has many of the museum's reserve artefacts and is not normally open to the public. The actual programme for the evening will be weather dependant because it is hoped that a tour of the ramparts behind the museum will be included.
Members to assemble from 18.45hrs in the museum's car park for the tour which will begin at 1900hrs and last up to 2100hrs. This is an excellent opportunity for those who have not been to Explosion before, and a real treat for those who have and know how good it is.
The museum's address is: Heritage Way, Priddy's Hard, Gosport, PO12 4LE
23/09/2015 - Members' Photos Evening
PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.
10/10/2015 - PFS Annual General Meeting
The 2015 PFS Annual General Meeting will be at 14.00hrs on Saturday, 10th October 2015, at Fort Nelson. All PFS members are invited to attend.
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 26th September with the venue now confirmed as Chatham Dockyard, not visited by the Society since 2007. In a change to previous outings two options are being offered: (1) a combined ticket for coach travel including entrance to the dockyard; (2) a coach travel ticket only with drop off at the dockyard entrance. Visitors choosing the latter then have the opportunity to visit one or more of the other attractions at Chatham.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, with a pick up/drop off at Guildford Park & Ride if there is demand. Details of the outing and an application form will be found in the latest newsletter No. 130.
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The 2015 Portsdown Artillery Firing dates have now been scheduled - see PAV tab.
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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 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.