Inchgarvie, Firth of Forth plan                
Horsesand Fort, Spithead                
Part of Fort Elson Plan, Portsmouth - 1893                
7-inch RBL being fired at Fort Nelson by the PAV                
9.2-inch BL, Lord Airey's Battery, Gibraltar                
100ton RML, Napier of Magdala Battery, Gibraltar                
Fort Horsted, Chatham                
Building of the Verne Citadel, Portland - Illustrated Times 1862                
Portsdown Artillery Volunteers firing a 13inch Mortar, Fort Nelson                
RMA firing a 6.3inch RML howitzer - 1896                

Meetings / Events

27/05/2015 - Isambard Kingdom Brunel
A talk by PFS member Graham Walters on the great nineteenth-century engineer.
 
24/06/2015 - Dybbol Bank 1864 - the battle that changed Denmark for ever.
A talk by PFS member Lewis Sharp.
 
The Battle of Dybbol was the key battle of the Second Schleswig War and occurred on the morning of the 18 April 1864 following a siege that started on the 7 April. Denmark suffered a severe defeat against Prussia which decided the war.  
                    
 
22/07/2015 - PFS annual evening visit to a local venue to be advised
 

News

        The 2015 Portsdown Artillery Firing dates have now been scheduled - see PAV tab. ...> read more
 
The latest edition of the Society's journal - Redan No. 75 - is now being distributed to the membership. ...> read more
 
 

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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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.