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Fort Nelson Education

Learning Outside The Classroom

Royal Armouries is acknowledged as one of the world’s finest museums of arms and armour. Our museum near Portsmouth,Fort Nelson, is home to the national collection of artillery – the big guns.

With hundreds of objects on display the Fort tells the story of the development of artillery in Britain and across the globe.

Let this historic site and national artillery collection introduce you to the lives of the Victorians who built and operated Fort Nelson; discover how the Fort was involved in training for the trenches during the First World War; its secret role in protecting the south coast against German bombing raids during First World Two; and to witness forces in action at close quarters with our siege engines.

Did you know?

The whole truth!

The phrase "Lock, stock and barrel" refers to something in its entirety, the whole thing – in the same way that a complete gun has a lock, a stock and a barrel.