FORT NELSON TO RING TO THE SOUNDS AND SIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR - Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Step back in time and experience life during the American Civil War at Fort Nelson’s latest living history event this Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26).
The two-day interactive event – organised by Royal Armouries in conjunction with the Southern Skirmish Association – will see uniformed re-enactors bring the Civil War period to life, complete with cannon firings and pitched battles.
- Immerse themselves in a living history area, by exploring a working campsite set up on the banks outside the visitor centre.
- Experience an infantry drill on the 19th century Fort’s Parade (11am)
- Watch firings of a replica civil war 12-pounder Parrot cannon (1pm)
- Watch Civil War skirmishes as uniformed re-enactors battle it out (2.30pm)
- Discover how injured men were treated during talks by the Civil War surgeon, hosted in the Fort’s re-created hospital area (3pm).
Formed in 1968, The Southern Skirmish Association is the UK’s longest established American Civil War Re-enactment and Living History Society. Members strive to portray the men and women who gave their lives for their beliefs during the 1861-65 conflict.
Fort Operations Manager Nigel Hosier said, “We are delighted to be welcoming the Association to the Fort. As a military-based society, they are properly trained to handle the weapons and equipment of the period, and take part in military camp life. It promises to be a great couple of days, both for history enthusiasts and our family visitors.
Museum entry and parking are free – tickets for the Civil War activities are priced £3 for adults and £2 for children.
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- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
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- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.
- Background – Standing high on Portsdown Hill near Fareham, Fort Nelson showcases one of the world’s finest collections of artillery, down the ages and from across the globe. In 2011, this unique heritage attraction underwent a £3.5m redevelopment to create a museum for the 21st century, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, complete with new galleries, state-of-the-art education centre and visitor facilities.