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

22/09/2018 - PFS 2018 Outing to the Western Heights at Dover
 
The PFS Annual Outing this year will be on the 22nd September to the Western Heights, Dover, not visited by the Society as an organised visit before. The visit coincides with an Open Day put on by the Western Heights Preservation Society (WHPS) and will include the Drop Redoubt, the Grand Shaft and many of the other interesting sites on the Heights.
As with previous years the outing will begin and end at Fort Nelson, departing 0800 sharp and returning around 1930. The coach will pick up and return from the Onslow Guildford Park and Ride for those who that may find this arrangement helpful. Full details of the outing and an application form can be found in Newsletter No. 146
 
26/09/2018 - Members' Photo Evening

PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.

 
24/10/2018 - The German Ardennes Offensive - December 1944
Popularly known as the 'Battle of the Bulge', PFS member Michael Forrest recounts one of the largest and most costly campaigns of the Second World War. 
 
 

News

Fort Brockhurst will be open to the public on the second Saturday of each month until September, the next date being the 9th June, with opening times from 1100 to 1500hrs. Refreshments are available.

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PAV Recruitment Days - 28th April & 26th May 2018
 
Uniformed members of the PAV will be in the 'Voice of the Guns' at Fort Nelson on Saturdays 28th April & 26th May 2017 to encourage members of the public to join the PFS and, if suitable, the PAV.
All PFS members are welcome to come along to give the boys their support.
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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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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.