Carnot Wall & Caponier, Shoreham Fort, Sussex                
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

20/09/2014 - PFS Annual Outing

Applications for the 20th September PFS outing to the Firepower Museum, Woolwich, and New Tavern Fort, Gravesend, are coming in fast, so ensure your application is sent soon to avoid disappointment. There have been rumours for a long time that Firepower will close but no date has yet been set, but this is a great opportunity to visit before itís too late. Although there is a café near to New Tavern Fort, members may prefer to take their own packed lunches. The programme for the day can be found by clicking 'more'....



18/10/2014 - PFS Annual General Meeting
The 2014 PFS Annual General Meeting will be at 14.00hrs on Saturday, 18th October 2014, at Fort Nelson. The date has been rescheduled from the 4th October to allow the Treasurer more time to produce the audited accounts for the year 2013-2014. All PFS members are invited to attend.


Grain Tower at the entrance to the River Medway is up for sale.
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The PFS Committee has decided to reschedule to Annual General Meeting from the 4th October to the 18th October 2014 to allow more time for the Treasurer to produce the audited accounts for the year 2013-2014. The meeting will still be at Fort Nelson, commencing at 1400hrs. ...> 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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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.