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Fort Nelson

Blitz weekend

Action-packed themed weekend
25th July - 10:00 am - 26th July - 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.

The naval dockyard at Portsmouth was a key target for the German bombers during the air raids of 1940-41.

Discover your local history and how Fort Nelson protected the port and played its part in supplying the anti-aircraft gun emplacements up and down the coast.

The Fort will be packed with military vehicles, costumed characters and living history displays. There will also be talks, tours and live gun-firings.


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.