Palmerston Forts Society

The Palmerston Forts Society Committee

The day-to-day organisation of the Palmerston Forts Society is managed in accordance with the Charities Commission requirement by the “Trustees”, which is more commonly referred to as the committee.

There are four “officers” of the committee and several “ordinary” members. All of the committee are members of the society and are elected by the society’s membership at the Annual General Meeting.  The members of the committee hold office for one year but can be re-elected and there are no term limits. The committee can also co-opt a limited number of additional members as advisors or for special tasks.

The “officers” are a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer.  It is normal practice for officers and ordinary members of the committee to take on specific operational responsibilities in addition to any formal role they have.

The smooth running of the society is dependant on the time and resources volunteered by the committee.  There are some long serving members of the committee and we are always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining the committee, look out for the papers that are issued before the Annual General Meeting in October every year.  This will tell you how to apply and whether there are any particular vacancies.


(currently position vacant)


Geoff Hallett
Vice Chairman and Newsletter Editor

Lewis Sharp
Secretary & Social Media

Duncan Williams
Treasurer & Web-master

Michael Forrest
Membership Secretary & Web-master

Graham Walters
PAV Co-ordinator


Graham Linington

Alistair Graham-Kerr
Committee Member

Steve Wiles
Committee Member

Phil Russell
Committee Member

Rose Whitlock
Committee Member

Darrel Instrell
Committee Member


To see the Charities Commission entry click on this link: 

Meetings / Events

10/09/2022 - PFS 2022 Outing to the Chatham forts Horsted and Luton

The PFS Committee is pleased to announce that the 2022 Annual Outing to the Chatham forts Horsted and Luton that was cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation, is now back on the calendar for 2022! Please see newsletter 165, Spring 2022, for details
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15/10/2022 - PFS Annual General Meeting 2022

The PFS will hold the 2022 AGM on Saturday 15th October at 14.00hrs. The meeting will take place at Fort Nelson, as has been the venue in the past,  but will also be virtual by Zoom (as last year) to give members who are unable to attend the opportunity to do so. The meeting will be held with Royal Armouries' approval and in accordance with whatever safety requirements they determine. All PFS members are invited to attend.


Fort Gilkicker sold for £1.386M

The online auction on the Clive Emson site has just ended with Fort Gilkicker being sold for £1.386 million against a guide price of £1.5 million.  There were four bidders willing to pay at least £1.35 million. We also have just had a recent report that intruders to the site – which is hardly secure – have done more permanent damage to the barracks block. We can only hope that the new owner – whatever their intentions – gets this site secure and safe very soon.


The PORTSMOUTH AND GOSPORT HISTORY WEEK, held during 1st to 7th August, includes a couple of talks that will be of interest to fortification enthusiasts.....
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Fortifications Events Calendar

New fortifications events calendar available. This covers events at many Victorian Fortifications across the UK. Click on "Information" then "Fortifications Events".
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Merry Christmas!

The PFS Committee would like to take this festive time to wish the members of the Society a 'Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2022'.

Horse Sand Fort sold for £715,000

The BBC website has just announced the following.... 'A derelict sea fort built to deter a French invasion in the 19th Century has been sold for £715,000.
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PFS New Publication - 'The Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers 1797 - 1908'

The PFS has just launched a new publication - 'The Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers 1797-1908' .
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English Heritage Statement on Hurst Castle

EH have issued a statement on their web site concerning the collapse of part of the castle and the work currently being carried out.
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PFS Official Statement regarding Hurst Castle

At this morning's PFS Committee, the catastrophe that had struck the East Wing Battery of Hurst Castle was discussed. The committee felt it appropriate that an official public statement should be made.
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Hurst Castle Front Seaward-Facing Wall Collapse

Terrible news form Hurst Castle as the front seaward-facing wall collapses due to coastal erosion. A report from the BBC news website follows....
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Exciting news about Eastney Fort East

Earlier this week, a delegation from the Palmerston Forts Society met with the new owners of the site of the former Royal Marines Museum which includes the battery. The owners plan to develop the site into Portsmouth's first five star hotel. We were invited to discuss options for the future of the battery site.
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Amazon Smile

The PFS have registered with Amazon Smile. If you use Amazon why not use Amazon Smile instead, there is no difference to you as the customer, but for every £1 you spend, those nice folk at Amazon will give the PFS a ha'penny!
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