Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson will open its doors after hours on Friday, 16 May, as part of the Culture 24 national event – Museums at Night 2014.

This unique event allows visitors to explore the Fort after closing and experience the power and might of the big guns at night.

Victorian and Second World War weapons from Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery will be fired by specialist uniformed gun crews.

Highlight of the evening will be special firings of the 32-pounder Victorian gun, by Portsdown Artillery Volunteers, from its position on the North Caponier – as featured on the BBC’s Great British Railway Journeys series when Michael Portillo visited the Fort last year.

The Second World War Sexton field gun will be fired by Ubique Right of the Line, and its roar will echo around the Fort’s Parade Ground – bringing this unusual out-of-hours event to a climactic close.

Other activities include presentations and talks in the museum’s galleries, and the chance to explore the 19th-century Fort’s re-created hospital, barrack room and tunnels.

Adult: £4
Children: Free (U16)