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Fort Nelson

On the Home Front

Half term activities
25th May - 10:00 am - 29th May - 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.

Everyone had to pull their weight in wartime even the children. Have-a-go and help the war effort on the Home Front this half-term holiday.

Family activities.

Our school holiday activities are recommended for ages 5+with parental supervision.


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.