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Returning by popular demand the Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson will be running its Victorian Christmas event. Visitors will be invited to gather round the range in the garrison kitchen at the Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson this December for some festive entertainment and to experience the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas.

Visitors will step back in time to Christmas 1896 and enjoy a series of performances by costumed characters including head cook Sergeant Dobson as he prepares dishes for a Victorian Christmas feast for the inhabitants of the Fort.

The barrack room will be festively decorated with oranges and cloves and greenery, the original range will be lit and the smell of freshly baked mince pies will fill the air.

From the kitchen area visitors will be taken by a costumed guide to the Officers’ mess, which is not normally open to the public, to see the difference between the Christmas fare for men and officers and to learn more about how they would have lived whilst at the fort.

As part of the experience, warm mulled wine and a non-alcoholic punch will be served to the tour group, along with one of Sergeant Dobson’s delicious mince pies, still warm from the range.

– Sessions: 11am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3 pm
– £2.50 per adult (includes mince pie and mulled wine prepared in Sergeant Dobson’s kitchen. Under 16’s FREE, includes a mince pie and soft drink.

Numbers are limited to 20 per session. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes.

Tickets can be pre-booked in advance via telephone (01329 233 734) or in person from Fort Nelson’s Visitor Centre or paid for on the day, subject to availability.

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit www.royalarmouries.org

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Notes to editors

– Royal Armouries has two other sites at HM Tower of London and in Leeds.
– Fort Nelson in Hampshire houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2011, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
– In 2014, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.
– For further media enquiries and photo opportunities at Fort Nelson, please contact Caroline Chapman, Communications Officer: caroline.chapman@armouries.org.uk

This festive season the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds is taking a trip back in time to the 1650s and they have some terrible news, Christmas has been cancelled.

Caught in the turmoil after the bloody English Civil War, visitors must choose whether to join the Royalist Christmas insurgents determined to celebrate the season with music, decoration and delicious food, or the Parliamentarian ‘riot police’, equally determined to prevent any sign of idolatrous behaviour.

Throughout the event the two camps will be stationed around the museum delivering dramatic performances and engaging opportunities to delve into the period. Among the characters will be soldiers from New Model Army as well as Royalists in support of the return of monarchy.

Christmas was effectively banned in Britain by a 1644 Act of Parliament, with the Long Parliament of 1647 passing an ordinance which officially abolished the feast of Christmas making its celebration punishable. The ban remained in place until the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

The Royal Armouries houses the Littlecote Collection, the most important surviving armoury of the English Civil War. Many private armouries furnished with relics of the English Civil War existed in Britain, but they were dispersed until the only major example left intact was the Popham armoury at Littlecote House. The Littlecote armoury was acquired by the Royal Armouries in the 1980s.

Commenting on the event, Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager at the Royal Armouries, said: “We wanted to do something different this Christmas and what could be more unconventional than cancelling it all together? The English Civil War and Commonwealth that followed are incredibly important parts of British history, and perhaps periods that some know little about.

“This event will be a great learning opportunity for visitors of all ages, with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. It will also give visitors a chance to engage with our wide collection of arms and armour from this era in a fun and interactive way.”

To find out more about ‘Christmas is Cancelled’ at the Royal Armouries, visit: https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-12-27/christmas-is-cancelled

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Further enquiries to: Katie Canning, Communications Officer, Royal Armouries at katie.canning@armouries.org.uk Telephone: 0113 220 1978

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.

– Royal Armouries has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
– The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.
– Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December
– Website: www.royalarmouries.org
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.

Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson will host the third in a series of after-hours talks on Wednesday 6 December with guest speaker Nicholas Hall, Curator Emeritus of Artillery.

Nicholas Hall, formerly Keeper of Artillery, was key in helping to develop Fort Nelson from a derelict site for the Royal Armouries and Hampshire County Council.

Nicholas will talk about the changing technology of gunpowder artillery down the centuries, illustrated by examples from the world-class collection of the Royal Armouries. The role of artillery in great world events will be discussed, from the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Using the remarkable artillery collection of the Royal Armouries, Nicholas will make connections between major technological advances in artillery with some of the great events in world history starting with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

Nigel Hosier, Operations Manager said, ‘Nicholas is a leading expert on the history of the development of artillery and its pivotal role in world events. This talk is a special opportunity to hear Nicholas talk about this fascinating subject drawing on his deep expertise and will appeal to those with an interest in artillery.’

Date: Wednesday 6 December 2017
Time: 7 pm — 9 pm
Tickets: £5 per person and includes refreshments

Tickets are available in advance from the Royal Armouries website: https://royalarmouries.org/events/overview/fort-talks

Fort Nelson is a historic monument, rescued from dereliction and carefully restored. It commands spectacular views over Portsmouth Harbour to the south and the picturesque Meon Valley to the north. The Royal Armouries museum was opened in 1984 for the first time, and today is one of the largest artillery museums in the UK. Set within 19 acres, there is a lot to see and explore including the ramparts, parade, tunnels, galleries and Café 1871. The Fort is open from 10am — 4 pm daily (November — March). Admission is free.

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit www.royalarmouries.org

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Notes to editors

– Royal Armouries has two other sites at HM Tower of London and in Leeds.
– Fort Nelson in Hampshire houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2011, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
– In 2014, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.
– For further media enquiries and photo opportunities at Fort Nelson, please contact Caroline Chapman, Communications Officer: caroline.chapman@armouruies.org.uk

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of one of the big guns from the Royal Armouries’ National collection on Sunday 26 November, forming the highlight of a free day out for all the family.

Visitors will be guided through the dimly lit underground main tunnel to the North Caponier to experience the ground shake as the immense power of the 32-pounder gun is released in an explosion of sound and smoke by uniformed detachment Portsdown Artillery Volunteers. Firings will take place at 11am, 11:30 am, 2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm and 3:30 pm in addition to the daily 1 pm firing of the 25-pounder Howitzer on the parade.

There will be an opportunity for visitors to inspect the guns following the firings and the uniformed detachments will be available to answer questions about the guns.

The 32-pounder smooth bore breech loading guns had a range shot of up to 500 yards. They were specifically used as caponier guns for defending the ditches of land forts.

Nigel Hosier, Operations Manager at the Fort said, “The 32-pounder smooth bore breech loading gun is a spectacularly powerful gun which releases smoke and flames when fired. This is a great opportunity to witness the gun in action and to talk to the skilled volunteers about the characteristics and physical challenges involved in firing this type of gun”.

As well as daily 1 pm gun firings, the Royal Armouries’ museum at Fort Nelson offers a great day out for all the family. Standing high on Portsdown Hill (Fareham), the Victorian fort is home to one of the largest collections of artillery in the UK. There is so much to see and explore including the ramparts, parade, tunnels and Cafe 1871. The Fort is open from 10 am —4 pm daily (November to March) and admission is free.

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit www.royalarmouries.org

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Notes to editors

– Royal Armouries has two other sites at HM Tower of London and in Leeds.
– Fort Nelson in Hampshire houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2011, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
– In 2014, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.
– For further media enquiries and photo opportunities at Fort Nelson, please contact Caroline Chapman, Communications Officer: caroline.chapman@armouries.org.uk

The Royal Armouries will fire an 18-pounder First World War gun at Fort Nelson on Remembrance Sunday, 12 November, as part of the commemorations to those killed in two world wars and all conflicts since.

Museum visitors will be able to join the nation in remembering the servicemen and women who laid down their lives. A uniformed detachment from Ubique Right of the Line will fire the British 18-pounder field gun on the parade to mark the beginning and end of the two minutes’ silence at 11am.

The Royal Armouries 18-pounder field gun dates from 1917. During the First World War the 18-pounders formed the backbone of the British field artillery. Over 8,000 of these guns were built in Britain and during the course of the war fired nearly 100 million rounds, causing huge numbers of casualties.

Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November

Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson will also pay tribute on Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November, when staff will fire the 18-pounder on the parade at 11am, to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, followed by two minutes’ silence. The 25-pounder Field Howitzer will be fired at 1pm for the daily salute. The 25-pounder Field Howitzer will be fired at 1pm for the daily salute.

Fort Nelson is a large Victorian fortification (one of the famous Palmerston Follies), which was built between 1860 and 1870 to deter an enemy attack on Portsmouth from inland, although it never saw action against the French. Portsmouth played a critical role as an embarkation point during the First World War for the millions of soldiers deployed to Europe. Soldiers stationed in Portsmouth during this period used Fort Nelson as a barrack and training centre. It is believed that the soldiers stationed at the fort practiced trench digging between Fort Nelson and Fort Southwick prior to being deployed to mainland Europe.

Barrack accommodation in and around Portsmouth was at a premium because the war time garrison at times numbered as many as 25,000 men. The fort was also used as an anti-aircraft ammunition depot and played a crucial part in supporting the defence of the Solent during 1940 and 1941.

There will be an opportunity for visitors to inspect the guns following the firings and the uniformed detachment will be available to answer questions about the guns.

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson is home to a remarkable collection of First World War artillery, including the British 18-inch Railway Howitzer in the Artillery Hall. The museum is open daily 10 am — 5 pm (April — October) and 10 am — 4 pm (November — March). Museum admission and parking at Fort Nelson are free.

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit www.royalarmouries.org

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– Royal Armouries has two other sites at HM Tower of London and in Leeds.
– Fort Nelson in Hampshire houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2011, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
– In 2014, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.
– For further media enquiries and photo opportunities at Fort Nelson, please contact Caroline Chapman (Communications Officer: caroline.chapman@armouries.org.uk).

On the evening of 30 October the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds will be hosting a special Halloween lecture, The Science of Zombie Killing.

The interactive talk with the museum’s Curator of Firearms, Jonathan Ferguson, will give visitors an insight into the best ways to survive in the event of a so-called ‘zombie apocalypse’.

Films, TV shows, comic books and video games have shown us many different ways to defend ourselves in the event of an outbreak of the living dead. In the search of definitive answers to this most crucial of questions, real weapons, real history, and real forensic science can teach us all we need to know on the subject.

The event is for over-18s only and will include a live demonstration using realistic zombie heads; it will not be for the faint hearted.

The talk forms part of the Royal Armouries wider Heritage Lottery funded Collecting Cultures project which aims to raise awareness of arms and armour in popular culture.

Tickets for The Science of Zombie Killing lecture are £5 per person and can be purchased on the Royal Armouries website. Booking is essential.

As part of the event, attendees can enjoy happy hour offers all evening at Dock 29, which situated next door to the Royal Armouries. Attendees must show their Eventbrite ticket to receive the offer.

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Further enquiries to: Katie Canning, Communications Officer, Royal Armouries at katie.canning@armouries.org.uk Telephone: 0113 220 1978

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.
– Royal Armouries has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
– The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.
– Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December
– Website: www.royalarmouries.org
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will be hosting a weekend of commemorative events on the 11 and 12 November to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

The Battle of Passchendaele took place between July and November 1917, at least 325,000 Allied troops and 260,000 German troops died in the battle making it one of the deadliest conflicts of the First World War. Between 1914 and 1918 the city of Leeds lost more than 10,000 of its citizens in the war.

Throughout the weekend visitors can discover more about the technological advances of the Great War through talks, tours and live performances. The museum square will play centre stage to a replica Mark IV British tank, with soldiers in historic uniform giving talks about life at the front.

Events will include firearms demonstrations, tech talks on the pioneering development and use of the tank, and an exclusive opportunity to meet the Royal Armouries curators as they display a rare Mauser 1918 T-Gewehr anti-tank gun. There will be a reflective space in the Hall of Steel for visitors to make their own poppies alongside talks about the weapons of Passchendaele, the Royal Flying Corps, conscientious objectors and Elsie Knocker, a British nurse on the front line.

‘Services Rendered’ an exhibition of paintings depicting spent rounds recovered from the Passchendaele battlefield is also on display in the War Gallery at the museum, artist Jessica Holmes will be giving talks over the weekend about the inspiration behind her work.

On Saturday 11 November the museum will be holding its annual Armistice Day Service. Visitors are invited to join museum staff for a period of quiet reflection, with music, readings and a commemorative poppy drop.

Please note that the doors to the museum will be closed between 10.45am and 11.30am while the service is in progress. Visitors who wish to attend are advised to arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes in advance of the service.

Commenting on the event, Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager at the Royal Armouries, said: “This year marks a particularly poignant moment in the centenary of the First World War. The Battle of Passchendaele was one of the most catastrophic conflicts of the Great War, with many lives being lost on both sides.

“We hope that our events give visitors an opportunity to connect with this period of history and reflect on the many ways in which the lives of ordinary people are affected by conflict, both past and present.”

Find out more about remembrance events at the Royal Armouries Museum on its website: https://royalarmouries.org/events/calendar/2017-11-11/insight-passchendaele-1917

Notes to editors

Further enquiries to: Katie Canning, Communications Officer, Royal Armouries at katie.canning@armouries.org.uk Telephone: 0113 220 1978

About the Royal Armouries
Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.
– Royal Armouries has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
– The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.
– Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December
– Website: www.royalarmouries.org
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.

Royal Armouries is pleased to announce that they will present Wave by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth, as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies. The sculpture will be at Fort Nelson from 13 April to 24 June 2018.

The presentations by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, give people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places of particular First World War resonance. The tour has been made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Backstage Trust, Clore Duffield Foundation and the National Lottery.

Fort Nelson is part of a large ring of forts built to defend the naval base of Portsmouth, and one of five forts built on Portsdown Hill in the 1860s. During the First World War it became home to some of Kitchener’s volunteer army. The use of artillery became a major part of the soldiers’ experience of the First World War, and Fort Nelson now hosts large artillery pieces from Royal Armouries’ national collection of arms and armour, including the British Army’s largest surviving First World War gun, the 18-inch, 180-tonne Railway Howitzer. The Royal Armouries is guardian of one of the finest national collections of arms and armour in the world with its origins based within the Tower of London. The Royal Armouries continues to have a presence in the White Tower at the Tower of London, at the National Museum of Arms and Armour in Leeds as well as at Fort Nelson.

Siona Mackelworth, Interim Public Engagement Director at the Royal Armouries said, ‘We are delighted that the Royal Armouries has been chosen to host the Wave during one of the last stages of its tour across the UK. The sculpture will rise from the impressive defensive ramparts of Fort Nelson with its stunning views across Hampshire and towards the Solent. The Fort will provide an inspiring location for visitors to reflect 100 years on from the final days of the First World War ’.

Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red — poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper — by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces. The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.

Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window are made of over 11,000 poppies. At the end of the tour they will become part of the permanent collections at Imperial War Museums.

DAF Trucks are the transport sponsor for the UK presentations, and 14-18 NOW are delighted to partner with DAF on making this historic project a reality. The learning and engagement programme for the poppies tour is supported by the Foyle Foundation.

For further press enquiries please contact:
Caroline Chapman
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham
Hampshire, PO17 6AN
Tel: 01329 848 516
Email: Caroline.Chapman@armouries.org.uk

National Press Enquiries:
Erica Bolton or Sylvia Ross, Bolton & Quinn
6 Addison Avenue
London W11 4QR
Tel: 020 7221 5000
Email: erica@boltonquin.com / Sylvia@boltonquinn.com

Notes to Editors

Royal Armouries
Fort Nelson is a large Victorian fort (one of the famous Palmerston Follies) which was built between 1860 and 1870 to deter an enemy attack on Portsmouth from inland, although it never saw action against the French. Today it has become home to one of the national collections of artillery, one of the largest collections of its type in the UK.

With ramparts, the parade plus secret tunnels to explore, and the opportunity to experience the powerful 25-pounder Howitzer fired daily at 1pm, the Fort provides an exciting day out for all the family whatever the weather. The Fort is open from 10 am — 4 pm daily (November — March) and 10 am — 5 pm (April — October). Admission is free.

Paul Cummins
Paul Cummins MBE is a ceramic artist, internationally renowned for the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at HRP Tower of London 2014, as well as many other installations including his work on the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. Locations for previous works include the Houses of Parliament, Chatsworth House, Althorp Estate and Blenheim Palace. Paul was inspired to produce a ceramic poppy to honour every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.

Tom Piper
Tom Piper MBE was Associate Designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2004 to 2014, and was closely involved in the redevelopment of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. His theatre credits include over 30 productions for the RSC, including the award-winning History series. Other recent designs include Hamlet, King Lear (Citizens Theatre), Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre and St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn), Tamburlaine (TFANA New York), Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Theatre), The King’s Speech (Birmingham Rep and Tour) and Zorro the Musical (West End and world tour). Piper’s opera credits include Macbeth and Falstaff (Scottish Opera), Orfeo (ROH and Roundhouse). Tom collaborated with the British Museum and Alan Farlie Architects on the exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World in 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Tom is a Creative Associate at the Tricycle Theatre.

His many awards include an Olivier Award (costume design) for the Histories series.

14 -18 NOW
14-18 NOW is a programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War, as part of the UK’s official centenary commemorations. It commissions new work by leading contemporary artists from all art forms. The commemorative period is marked by three key seasons – Anniversary of the Declaration of War in 2014, the anniversary of the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme in 2016, and the centenary of Armistice Day in 2018. 14-18 NOW is responsible for the UK tour of the iconic poppy sculptures by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, and ‘We’re here because we’re here’ by Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris.

14 -18 NOW is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and by additional fundraising. 14-18 NOW has commissioned over 140 artworks to date that have been seen by more than 30 million people.

Visitors will be invited to experience the roar and power of the Royal Armouries fully restored 12-pounder naval gun at Fort Nelson on Sunday 22 October 2017 to mark Lord Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

To commemorate Trafalgar Day, uniformed detachments from HMS Loire and Ubique Right of the Line will fire the 12-pounder muzzle-loading, sea service cannon which was commonly used on Royal Navy ships at Trafalgar, on the parade at 11:30 am, 2 pm and 3 pm. This is in addition to the daily 1 pm firing of the 25-pounder Howitzer on the parade. There will be the opportunity for visitors to inspect the guns following the firings and the uniformed detachment will be available to answer questions about the gun.

The 12-pounder, dated to 1805 and the replica Sea Service carriage are painted in buff and black, the standard naval colours of the time and of Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory on which he died. Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory carried 104 guns, thirty of which were 12-pounders.

Lord Nelson’s monument stands proudly on Portsdown Hill, next to the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson. It was built first and foremost as a memorial to Nelson, who died at Trafalgar, and secondly to operate as a seamark. The monument was paid for by the men of the fleet who fought at Trafalgar and from prize money. During the second half of the nineteenth century the monument was illustrated in sea charts, and today is still used for the adjustment of compasses.

Visitors are invited to participate in two Trafalgar themed insight sessions which includes a bespoke handling where visitors can get their hands on history. Visitors will have the opportunity to handle a Victorian naval cutlass and discover some of the fascinating facts behind each item.

The Royal Armouries’ museum at Fort Nelson is home to one of the largest collections of artillery
in the UK. Set within 19 acres, there is lots to see and explore including the ramparts, parade, tunnels, galleries and Cafe 1871. The Fort is open daily from 10 am — 5 pm (April — October) and 10 am — 4 pm (November — March), Admission is free.

Insight session: 18 and 19 century naval gunnery

An insight session which takes visitors on a guided tour of the galleries highlighting the development of naval gunnery between the 18 and 19 century.
– 12:30 pm, FREE

Handling insight session: The Battle of Trafalgar

Visitors will have the opportunity to handle objects from the Battle of Trafalgar including naval uniforms, and a Victoria naval cutlass.

– 3:15 pm , FREE

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit www.royalarmouries.org

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– Royal Armouries has two other sites at HM Tower of London and in Leeds.
– Fort Nelson in Hampshire houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2011, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
– In 2014, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.
– For further media enquiries and photo opportunities at Fort Nelson, please contact Caroline Chapman (Communications Officer Caroline.Chapman@armouries.org.uk).

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson invites visitors to meet ‘the lady with the lamp’ this October half term for some festering fun and medical mayhem in the Victorian hospital ward this half term.

A costumed character will guide families through the eerie galleries to the Fort’s dimly lit hospital ward where they are invited to step back in time and help one of the garrison soldiers, Tommy Atkins, who is badly wounded and fading fast — will he receive the treatment he needs? To aid Tommy, Ms Nightingale will take visitors through dimly lit rooms to meet the surgeon, Mr Stitch, in the gory Victorian operating theatre. There they will discover how battle wounds were treated on the dirty and chaotic battlefields of the Crimean War and witness the poor sanitation in the hospital. Then Ms Nightingale will guide visitors to the Pharmacy where families can observe Mr Boots, the Pharmacist, make up bubbling potions, pills and frothing poultices. Will the right remedy be picked to aid poor Tommy’s recovery?

To complement the activity there will be spooky themed make-and-take craft activities for children including flying ghosts, spiders, and skeletons.

Costumed character Mr Boots said, “The Fort is a great place to visit at any time of the year, but over Halloween week it is terrifyingly good fun. With creepy corridors, underground chambers and costumed characters, visitors will experience first-hand the medical mayhem available to soldiers during the war. Eye of newt, spawn of frog….what will you witness in the potions class?”

Fort Nelson is a great place to visit any time of the year, but around Halloween this historic Victorian fort, with it underground tunnels and secret chambers, is particularly atmospheric. As well as a whole museum of nation treasures to explore, the 25-pounder is fired daily at 1 pm on the parade. Parking and admission to the museum are free. The museum is open daily 10 am — 5 pm (April — October) and 10 am — 4 pm (November to March).

Guts, Gore and Gangrene

– Sessions: 11 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3:30 pm daily
– Price: £3.50 per child (suitable for 5-12 year olds)

Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session. Please note there will be medical and wound references tailored to the age of the audience.

Spooky themed Arts and Crafts

– Price: £2.50 per child (suitable for 3-12 year olds)
– Time: 10 am — 4 pm daily (drop in sessions)

Pay on the day or pre-book your tickets in advance from the Visitor Centre or by calling 01329 233 734 (subject to availability).

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit www.royalarmouries.org

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Notes to editors

– Royal Armouries has two other sites at HM Tower of London and in Leeds.
– Fort Nelson in Hampshire houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2011, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
– In 2014, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.
– For further media enquiries and photo opportunities at Fort Nelson, please contact Caroline Chapman (Communications Officer Caroline.Chapman@armouries.org.uk).