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Fort Nelson

1940s weekend

Music, fashion and living history
25th April - 10:00 am - 26th April - 5:00 pm

Our 2020 programme of events focuses on the 1940s, reflecting life at Fort Nelson and the local area during the Second World War.

Come and find out how the Fort played its part in defending the south coast and how ordinary families did their bit for King and country.

Join us for a nostalgic step back in time and enjoy the fantastic music and fashion of the 1940s.

There will be hair and beauty demonstrations, living history displays and plenty of have-a-go activities for all the family.


The Second World War collection at Fort Nelson

The Fort was an Equipment Ammunition Magazine (EAM) throughout the war. The ammunition stored at the Fort was used in anti-aircraft batteries in the Portsmouth area, including the heavy anti-aircraft battery at nearby Monument Farm. The Fort is one of only ten EAMs to survive from the period.

The Royal Armouries’ extensive collection of artillery and historic cannon features several key British and German Second World War guns.


From 18 March 2020 our museums in Leeds and at Fort Nelson will be closed to visitors until further notice.