Palmerston Forts Society

Society Published Articles - The Redan

The Palmerston Forts Society provides its members with an annual journal "The Redan". The articles within the Redan are the results of individual members' research and cover all manner of subjects. The Redan has been published since 1986 and as a result it is a rich source of information for PFS members on all matters relating to Victorian Fortifications.

Below are a few samples of Redan articles taken from the back issues of the Redan which give a taste of the diverse nature of the articles published:

  • The married life of a soldier -
  • The defences of the Mersey -
  • Billiards in the forts -

To get an idea of what research articles are contained within the past issues of the Redan, the following document is a complete index from 1986 to 2019.

All the past issues of the Redan are available for members to view/download within the members area of the web site which can be entered by keying in a user name and password into the input fields in the top right of the page.

Fort Log

Fort Log is a series of two page documents designed to give the reader the key points and summarised information about each Victorian Fort & Battery within Great Britain. Like the Redan articles, the Fort Logs are the result of individual member's research and have been accumulated since their inception since 1993.

To date 250 individual Fort Logs are available to the members covering Forts and Batteries from Orkney to Guernsey, and many places in-between. They are included within the index document above.

A Sample Fort Logs are given below:

Pendennis Castle - Liscard Battery -

Fort Log like the Redan is a rich source of information about the Victorian Forts and Batteries of Great Britain, and the format given enables them to be used as field guides. All 250 Fort Logs are available in the members section of the web-site to be downloaded together with some useful maps to help identify the location of each site.

Meetings / Events

23/10/2019 - The History of Winchester - Bishops, Buildings and Bones

Another fascinating talk from local historian Andrew Negus, this time on the history of Winchester.
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27/11/2019 - The Eagle Divided - A Tour of 19th Century Russian and Prussian Fortifications in Poland

A talk by PFS member Lewis Sharp of his 2018 tour of 19th Century Russian and Prussian Fortifications in Poland.

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

News

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.

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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