Fort Burgoyne, Dover                
Horsesand Fort, Spithead                
Magazine plan - Hatherwood Battery, Isle of Wight - 1884                
7-inch RBL being fired at Fort Nelson by the PAV                
32pr SBBL, Saluting Battery, Malta                
100ton RML, Napier of Magdala Battery, Gibraltar                
Fort Bovisand, Plymouth                
Building of the Verne Citadel, Portland - Illustrated Times 1862                
Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing a 13inch Mortar, Fort Nelson                
Sligo Militia at Verne Quarry HA Battery, Portland August 1900                

Meetings / Events

24/02/2016 - 'Portsmouth - Harlots, Dung and Glory' Part Three

The third and last part of the fascinating story of Portsmouth by local historian Andrew Negus, covering the twentieth century.

23/03/2016 -  T.E. Lawrence - The Story and the Enigma
Tonight's talk is a fascinating insight of T.E. Lawrence by PFS member Graham Walters, 100 years since the Arab Rebellion against the Ottoman rule of the region.       
27/04/2016 - Queen Victoria's Forgotten Navy
A talk by PFS member James Doherty.    


The 2016 Portsdown Artillery Firing dates have now been scheduled - see PAV tab. ...> read more
Due to the anticipated bad weather expected across the south of England in the next 24 hours the PFS meeting at Fort Nelson on the evening of 27th January 2016 is cancelled. 
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Join Us

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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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.