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Volunteers needed to help get the big guns firing at Fort Nelson.

Volunteers are needed to help bring gun firing back to Fort Nelson in Portsmouth. The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers (PAV) were established to reenact the firing of the Victorian guns at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill and they are looking to recruit new volunteers to help both fire and maintain the mighty Victorian guns.

Until a few years ago, the big guns at Fort Nelson were regularly fired by the PAV, becoming an exciting attraction at the fort until silenced by the pandemic. But now new volunteers are urgently needed to come forward to train over the winter and get ready to fire these guns again in 2024. Graham, the co-ordinator of the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers has been volunteering for over 30 years and says it's an amazing and fulfilling experience: "This is a unique opportunity to fire the big guns at Fort Nelson. When we dress in our period uniforms and carry out authentic gun drills you get a real understanding of what life at the fort must have been like 150 years ago.” “New volunteers are needed to join the current established team to allow us to move forward again; otherwise, these guns will sadly remain silent. That would be a great loss as we believe that only by seeing the living history, we recreate by bringing the guns back into action can visitors understand the full history of the Fort”.

Mike, a fellow volunteer added: “You need to be over 18 and up for the physical challenge as these guns are heavy and need a lot of teamwork to fire - but it’s exhilarating and very worthwhile. No specialist knowledge is required, and uniforms and training are provided. You just need to be willing to give your time to be part of this great team.”

You can see the PAV and the guns in action in a video on our YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/uSDkSXNgx9U

 

If you are interested in joining the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and demonstrating this forgotten part of Britain’s history, you can contact the team at enquiries@palmerstonfortssociety.org.uk or you can talk to some of the volunteers at their Fort Nelson open day between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 22 October

 

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Volunteers needed to help get the big guns firing at Fort Nelson.

Volunteers are needed to help bring gun firing back to Fort Nelson in Portsmouth. The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers (PAV) were established to reenact the firing of the Victorian guns at Fort Nelson on Portsdown Hill and they are looking to recruit new volunteers to help both fire and maintain the mighty Victorian guns. If you are interested in joining the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and demonstrating this forgotten part of Britain’s history, you can contact the team at enquiries@palmerstonfortssociety.org.uk or you can talk to some of the volunteers at their Fort Nelson open day between 10am and 4pm on Sunday 22 October
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