A Night at the Museum – Fort Nelson by torchlight - Monday, 10 May 2010
Fort Nelson will resound to the sound of gunfire and muzzle flashes as the Royal Armouries fires a battery of guns to round off its Museum at Night event on Friday (May 14).
There’s a chance to view the atmospheric Fort – high on Portsdown Hill – by lantern light, as dusk falls, including shady and underground areas not normally open to the public.
Guns will be fired throughout the early evening, dating to the Napoleonic, Victorian, First World War and Second World War eras. The weapons, part of the Royal Armouries’ national collection of big guns and artillery, will then be fired simultaneously in a dramatic crescendo just before 9pm.
The Europe-wide event – which originated as Nuit des Musees in France – aims to showcase the continent’s diverse range of unique and vibrant museums, plus galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives.
This is the first time that Fort Nelson has marked the Museum at Night event and doors will open at 6pm, after the museum shuts normally at 5pm.
A further attraction includes live performances by torchlight, courtesy of the Armouries’ team of resident, professional actors. These will include a new event, describing the last duel to be fought by Englishmen on British soil. The dramatic performance will demonstrate how the two faced each other with pistols at dusk – for the love of a lady – at Stokes Bay in Hampshire in 1845.
Museum entrance is free for adults and children – no need to book – just drop in.
For details of all forthcoming events – including school holiday low-cost events and Bank Holiday extravaganzas – visit the website at www.royalarmouries.org
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Notes to editors
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson houses the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum houses one of the world’s finest collections with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years. The collection originated at HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson also tells the story of the Palmerston Forts, built to protect Portsmouth from a feared French invasion in the 1860’s.
- Every day, visitors can see one of the big guns fired in salute, watch our resident actors bring to life characters from 1,000 years of history, explore secret underground tunnels and enjoy incredible views from the ramparts. An extensive programme of special event spectaculars takes place throughout the year.
- Fort Nelson is open every day except 24-26 December. April to October 10am –5pm (Wed 11am-5pm), November – March 10.30am – 4pm (Wed 11.30-4pm).
- Admission to the Royal Armouries is FREE.
- Admission charges apply to some events.
- Information line: 01329 233734
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour with sites at Fort Nelson, Leeds, HM Tower of London and Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.