Lest we forget! Fort Nelson honours Britain’s war dead - Thursday, 29 October 2009

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of a gun salute to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8th November and also the 91st anniversary of Armistice Day on Wednesday, 11th November.

An original 18-pounder field gun from the First World War will be fired in salute by a uniformed detachment of gunners, to honour “The Fallen” who died in the War to End All Wars.

The 1914-1918 conflict has special significance at Fort Nelson as the Victorian building acted as a transit depot for soldiers leaving Portsmouth Docks for France, and was one of the barracks for the Portsmouth garrison, which at times numbered as many as 25,000 men.

On Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day itself, visitors can listen to poignant real life accounts and the actual words of the men who were there and see dramatic performances by the Royal Armouries’ team of professional actors. There will also be war poetry readings.

Fort entry is free and there is a whole range of attractions, designed to appeal to young and old alike.

The Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill, Fareham, houses the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections, with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years. The collection originated from HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.

Time: Fort opens 10.30am – 4pm. Gun firings at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with the 11am firing on both days, marking the beginning and end of the two-minute silence.

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Notes to editors

Reporters and photographers are welcome at the wreath laying ceremony at 11am (or at the craft sessions – please contact Primary PR to fix a time)

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