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.

Phil Russell


James Doherty
Vice Chairman 

Lewis Sharp
Secretary & Social Media

Duncan Williams
Treasurer, Research & Web-master

Sarah Benson
Membership Secretary

Graham Walters
PAV Co-ordinator


Graham Linington

Alistair Graham-Kerr
Newsletter editor

Joanne Thornton
Committee Member

Darrel Instrell
Committee Member

Committee Member

Committee Member


To see the Charities Commission entry click on this link: 


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......