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

27/01/2016 -  Members' Photo Evening
PFS members are invited to share their fortification photographs with those at the meeting.
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 - The History of the Royal Military Police
A rare opportunity to receive Colonel (retired) J T Green OBE, Regimental Secretary of the Royal Military Police, to give an interesting insight on the history of the Royal Military Police and its origins which were founded in the creation of a military contonment at Aldershot in the mid-1850s.


The 2015 edition of the Redan is currently at the printers, Distribution to members should be possible within a couple of weeks.

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2015 AGM Reports and Minutes have been published on-line.

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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.