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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 2020.

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 256 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 256 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

14/08/2021 - PFS members only visit to Fort Gilkicker

The PFS committee is delighted to announce that the new owners of Fort Gilkicker have agreed to a visit by PFS members on August 14th.  There is no fee for this visit but there are a limited number of spaces available and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To confirm - this is a PFS members only event. If you wish to take part in this visit, then please contact: enquires@palmerstonfortssociety.org.uk

15/09/2021 - Their Name Liveth For Evermore

A talk by PFS member Geoff Hallett about Sir Fabian Ware and the history of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The meeting will be at Fort Nelson, with access via the Lower West Gate which opens at 7.00pm. There is car parking in this gate area and also on the approach road to the Upper West Gate. The meeting commences at 7.30pm and the gate will be closed at this time. All PFS members are welcome but please be aware that some Covid-19 guidelines may still be in place, although this will be determined by Government advice at the time.

16/10/2021 - PFS Annual General Meeting 2021

The PFS will hold the 2021 AGM on Saturday 16th October at 14.00hrs. As yet it is undecided if the meeting will be virtual by Zoom (as last year) or live at Fort Nelson, subject to Royal Armouries' approval and in accordance with whatever safety requirements they determine. All PFS members are invited to attend.

News

Fort Widley - Home to The Pompey Pals Charity

The Palmerston era Fort Widley is the home to The Pompey Pals Charity which was initially set up to erect a memorial at Fratton Park (the home of Portsmouth FC), to honour the Portsmouth men who, during the First World War, joined the 14th & 15th Battalions of The Hampshire Regiment known as The Pompey Pals. Since 2014, the charity has expanded its aims and now looks to honour and commemorate all Portsmouth citizens who have served in this country’s armed forces, or who have lost their lives as a result of enemy action from 1914 to the present day. Whether it is through this website, social media, organised memorial events, or via the museum and research centre located at Fort Widley, the aim is to record and to tell the individuals story. The museum at Fort Widley is able to open, all be it on a strictly pre-booked basis only, and can accommodate groups of up to 4 people. For more details or to make a booking: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill Road, Portsmouth, PO3 3LS / tel: 07982 402229 

Palmerston Forts Society Members' Survey

In February and March this year, we surveyed the PFS membership on the subject of the PFS website.  This was the third members’ survey, the previous two concerning Social Media and Meetings and Events. Members were asked six questions about the website and one question each about our Facebook page and the Newsletter:  66% of members responded – a high response rate that gives us confidence that the results are representative. We were pleased to find that the PFS website was rated highly by most members.  The most common response was that the website was “fine as it is” but there were some good ideas for improvements and some of those have already been implemented.  For example, you will find a new page in the website on the PFS committee – how the committee works and who the members are. Feedback on the Newsletter was also very positive. The full results of the survey and the agreed actions can be found in the Members Area Menu on the website.

PFS New Publication - 'The Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers 1797 - 1908'

The PFS has just launched a new publication - 'The Portsmouth Artillery Volunteers 1797-1908' by PFS member Duncan Williams. This full colour, 36 page booklet, follows the story of the Volunteer Artillerymen that manned the nation’s fortifications from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Although the book uses the units formed in Portsmouth to illustrate the development of the nation's Volunteer Artillery force, the information would be useful to anybody with an interest in a rarely covered topic on British military history or the local history of Portsmouth. Full details of how to purchase this publication can be found on the Information tab of the PFS website.

Latest news concerning Fort Gilkicker

On Wednesday 5th May, four members of the Palmerston Forts Society meet with two directors of the development company that has bought Fort Gilkicker and their architect.  We were invited to the meeting after approaching the developers with a request for clarification of their plans for the fort.
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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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Fort Nelson reopens on 12th April

Fort Nelson will be open from 12 April 2021. Once again, visitors will be able to enjoy the panoramic views from the fort’s ramparts, The galleries will then be opened on May 17th as the Covid restrictions are relaxed. Although the main café will not be open, the snack bar will be open with plenty of picnic space. Social distancing and various other forms of safety control will be in place, and so the number of people on site can be managed it is necessary to book advance for the timed daily sessions. Admission is free but on-site car parking incurs a small charge. Disappointingly, it looks as if there are no plans for live firings in 2021. Nigel Hosier, the Operations Manager, is quoted: "The guns have been silent for more than a year now but we have big plans for their return in 2022. They are the life, sight and smell of the fort. We plan to revamp and remodel how we do it." For advance booking check the Royal Armouries website: https://royalarmouries.org/venue/fort-nelson/

Fort Gilkicker - interesting news (perhaps)

Interesting news about FORT GILKICKER (perhaps) The Fort Gilkicker Information Group today reports: “………. I just wanted to update you with an important piece of news I have been informed of today. Two reliable sources of information have told me that contracts have been exchanged very recently for Gilkicker which means that the fort now possibly has a new owner and work is again going to commence very soon. I am awaiting a final reply from …….regarding this issue but will keep you all updated accordingly. …….” We will keep you posted on this one !
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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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