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Fort Nelson

Palmerston folly or prudent policy
18th November - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Fort Nelson: Palmerston folly or prudent policy? European power politics during the mid-19th century 

Speaker: Nicholas Hall, Curator Emeritus, Royal Armouries 

Following the victory at Trafalgar in 1805 and the allied defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, it seemed that Britain had nothing to fear on land or sea. However, as the British Empire grew and as European rivalries boiled over into war, anxiety in Britain came to the surface. Policies mooted in capitals such as Constantinople, Paris and St Petersburg could have serious implications in London. Rapid technological change brought great benefits but increased tensions.

In this talk Nick will explore how these events prompted Britain to build herself an unparalleled, in peacetime, system of fortification, placing Fort Nelson into context. 

This talk will take place at Fort Nelson. The Visitor Centre will be open from 6.30pm. Light refreshments will be served afterwards and are included in your ticket price.

Tickets: £5

Fort 150 | 1871 – 2021

Fort Nelson was built during Queen Victoria’s reign to protect England from invasion. The first garrison of soldiers was stationed at the Fort from September 1871. We will be marking this 150th anniversary with a series of themed FORT 150 events. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information about upcoming events.