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Portsdown Artillery Volunteers

Bringing the history of Fort Nelson to life
16th January - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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One event on 13th February 2022 at 10:00 am

One event on 20th March 2022 at 10:00 am

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Volunteers bringing history to life

The Portsdown Artillery Volunteers (PAV) are the uniformed section of the Palmerston Forts Society.

They dress as the 2nd Hampshire Volunteer Artillery from the 1880s and usually carry out the authentic Victorian gun drills at Fort Nelson.

Although there are no live gun-firings scheduled at Fort Nelson for the time being, we are looking forward to seeing costumed members of  PAV on the following Sundays. They will be available between 10am and 3pm, to impart their extensive knowledge of military life in Victorian times and the history of Fort Nelson in particular. Forthcoming dates:

Fort Nelson | 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.

Programme changes and cancellation

Royal Armouries reserves the right to change the programme without prior notification.

Please be aware that due to the continued impact of Covid-19, our staff team may have to self-isolate at short notice. Unfortunately, this may affect our ability keep the museum fully open and to deliver our live events programme. We will only close the museum as a last resort if we cannot open safely. All updates will be communicated on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as here on our website.