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Hurst Castle Front Seaward-Facing Wall Collapse

A section of Hurst Castle's east wing, near Milford-on-Sea, Lymington, fell on Friday. Owner English Heritage said the sea had weakened the foundations. It added engineers were assessing the damage and planning remedial works. The site was closed to the public at the time of the collapse and there have been no reports of any injuries.

Most recently, English Heritage carried out work in 2019 to stabilise the foundations of the west wing and to reinforce its sea defences. It confirmed a programme of works to protect the 19th Century east wing was "about to commence". Estates director Rob Woodside said: "This is a devastating blow to a Hampshire icon and for all of us whose life's work is to protect England's historic buildings." The organisation said it was among "the most challenging and most difficult heritage to protect" due to its "extremely vulnerable position, exposed to the full onslaught of the sea". "Located on a shingle spit the castle faces the full force of the wind and waves," it added.

Hurst Castle was originally built by Tudor king Henry VIII between 1541 and 1544 to guard Needles Passage, which is the narrow western entrance between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. From 1860, the large east and west wing batteries were added as part of a defence programme. The castle was also used for searchlights and guns during World War One and World War Two.

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40th Anniversary Photograph Competition - Extended to end of July

2024 will see the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Palmerston Forts Society. One activity to celebrate this event is to be a photographic competition.  This is intended to showcase the talent of our members and followers and capture the essence of British Victorian Fortifications across the globe.  Although we have received some good entries the committee have decided to extend the deadline for submissions until the end of July, in order to allow more entries and improve the competition.
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Conference - Artillery post 1800: Targets, Technology and Tactics

On Thursday 18th September, The Royal Armouries and the Ordnance Society are holding this conference at Fort Nelson. The conference is open to all but you have to book a ticket – use the link below.
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Weekend Visit to the Plymouth Forts

As part of our 40th Anniversary events programme we are holding a weekend visit this year, in place of our annual September day trip. This will be the weekend 7th & 8th September 2024.
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Visits to Fort Gilkicker and the Hilsea Lines

As part of our 40th Anniversary events programme we are holding two members visits this year. Traditionally the PFS has held an annual evening visit to a Portsmouth fortification, but this year we are holding two afternoon visits: Fort Gilkicker - Saturday 20th April 2024, Hilsea Lines - Saturday 13th July 2024.  
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Easy Fund Raising

Easyfundraising We have now registered with a new scheme called easyfundraising.   Over 7,000 brands will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to shop with them – at no extra cost to yourself.  
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40th Anniversary of the founding of the PFS

2024 marks the 40th year since the Palmerston Forts Society was formed. To commemorate this occasion a number of special events will be announced. Watch this space......