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

24/04/2019 - A Short Biography of the English Channel

A short biography of the English Channel or "Why we are, why we are” beginning with when the Channel was formed and how this narrow stretch of water has come to influence the way we think, speak and behave. Many welcome visitors, some less so, and some would-be visitors who so very, very nearly made it, but not quite: Phillip II of Spain and his vast Armada, Bonaparte with barges, a tunnel and hot air balloons, and you know who in those perilous early 1940s. Brussels? Don't dare mention it. Speaker: Iain Kennedy

 
22/05/2019 - Tommy Atkins

Tommy Atkins – A generic term for the British soldier in two world wars, but the origin of the name "Tommy” has its roots in the nineteenth century. This talk by PFS member Michael Forrest describes the life of the regular British soldier on the Western Front during the First World War.

 
26/06/2019 - The Seven Ages of Aldershot Camp
A talk by Paul Vickers, Heritage Project Officer, Friends of Aldershot Military Museum
 

News


The 2018 issue of The Redan is now available, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 13th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 15th October.


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The development of Fort Gilkicker to create 26 exclusive beach-side homes has come to a halt, yet again. According to the Portsmouth News Fort Gilkicker is back on the market after the investors pull out. Developer Andrew Temperton said "...the investors from Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don't want the hassle anymore, so are moving on to other projects. Personally I am very disappointed... My main frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I'm not able to see the project through to the end."

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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 1860’s 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.

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