Palmerston Forts Society

Membership

Membership of the Palmerston Forts Society is open to all enthusiasts of nineteenth century fortifications and artillery aged over 18 years, and membership will apply to a member’s spouse / partner (although the spouse / partner does not have voting rights unless they are a member themselves).

Benefits of membership include:

  • Regular newsletters and advance information of the Society’s activities;
  • The Society’s annual journal The Redan;
  • Attendance at the monthly meetings held at Fort Nelson (excluding January, August and December);
  • Opportunities to visit other fortifications as a group member;
  • Opportunities to utilise the Society’s small library of reference books, maps and plans, and to request further research assistance from Royal Armouries own library resources;
  • The opportunity to join the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers and to fire Victorian ordnance (only after suitable Health & Safety training);
  • Voting rights at the Society’s Annual General Meeting held at Fort Nelson each October;
  • Opportunities to attend regular work parties at Fort Nelson and to be involved with maintenance and conservation work at the fort, if a member is so inclined. This is not mandatory!

If you would like to join then download the membership application form.

Membership subscription:

UK: £20.00 (£21.00 if paying via Paypal*)
EC Europe: £25.00 (£26.50 if paying via Paypal*)
Rest of the World: £30.00 (£32.00 if paying via Paypal*)
Digital membership: £17.00 (£18.00 if paying via Paypal*)

 

The membership year commences 1 October and ends on the 30 September. Those selecting digital membership only receive The Redan by downloading from the members' section of the web site. Payment is accepted by cash, cheque, bank transfer or Paypal. Cheques made payable to "The Palmerston Forts Society”.

*Please contact the Membership Secretary if wishing to pay by bank transfer or Paypal, so that this payment choice can be arranged. Please note that an additional fee is charged for Paypal payment due to the fees charged by Paypal. All payments must be in British Pounds (£).

Please send your completed application form and cheque made payable to ‘The Palmerston Forts Society’ to the Membership Secretary of the Palmerston Forts Society at the address found on the application form.

Any questions? If so, do contact the Membership Secretary at: membership@palmerstonfortssociety.org.uk

Meetings / Events

26/02/2020 - The Black and Tans and the Anglo-Irish War

2020 marks the centenary of the deployment of the para-military police force - the Black and Tans - in Ireland. Their indiscriminate and heavy-handed methods succeeded in dragging the IRA to the negotiating table but alienated the majority of the law-abiding Irish population. The talk on this fascinating and generally forgotten subject will be given by PFS member Richard Willcocks

25/03/2020 - Wellington: Iron Duke or Old Nosey?

A talk by Paul Vickers, Heritage Project Officer, Friends of Aldershot Military Museum

22/04/2020 - The Empire Shrinks: Flashman and the First Anglo-Afghan War

PFS member James Doherty provides an insight into one of the worst British military disasters of Queen Victoria's reign, and ponders the contribution of the rapscallion, but fictional, Harry Flashman.

News

Hurst Castle storm damage sparks safety fears

Fears over the future of Hurst Castle have been heightened after storm damage forced the historic building’s closure at the weekend. English Heritage, which owns the scheduled monument near Milford, has shut a number exhibition rooms for the foreseeable future after large cracks appeared in the walls and ceilings.
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Redan 80 Availability

The 2019 issue of The Redan has been received from the printers, and will be distributed to members who attend this year's AGM on the 12th October. A general mail out to members who have renewed will commence from the 14th October.

PFS Membership Renewals

The new PFS membership year commenced on the 1st October, and thanks to all members who have renewed, but a reminder to those who have yet to renew that their subscription for the 2019-2020 year is now in overdue.

Peter Ashley Activity Centres: Fort Widley Heritage Evening - 4th October 2019

The Peter Ashley Activity Centre at Fort Widley will be open for a unique evening on Friday 4th October with a tour of the Secret Nuclear Bunker. The two hour guided tour begins at 6.30 pm and will include access to the Nuclear Civil Defence Bunker and a talk about the changes to civil defence since the 1950s. The cost is £15 per person and does include refreshments, including Pompey Pals Ale. To book call Lydia on 02392 321223 or email: lydia@peterashleyactivitycentres.co.uk
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Fort Cumberland Heritage Open Days

Fort Cumberland Heritage Open Days will be from Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September. Full details and tickets are available on the website: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/fort-cumberland1
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