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Fort Talk: The Russian Revolution: 100 Years On

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

To commemorate the hundredth year on from the Russian Revolution, the Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson are inviting visitors to attend an after-hours talk on Wednesday 20 September with guest speaker Dr Paul Flenley.

Dr Paul Flenley, Subject Leader and Principal Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Portsmouth University, will reveal some of the findings he uncovered whilst researching ‘The Russian Revolution: 100 years on’.

The Russian Revolution involved the collapse of an empire under Tsar Nicholas II and the rise of Marxism socialism led by the Bolshevik and Lenin in October 1917.

During the evening, Dr Paul Flenley will focus on both the idealistic aspirations and the harsh reality of the Revolution and its aftermath.


Guest Speaker: Dr Paul Flenley, Subject Leader and Principle Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Portsmouth University.

The 1917 Russian Revolution was in many ways the pivotal event of the Twentieth Century. This talk will assess the consequences of the revolution. It will look at how the attempt to build a new society inspired many throughout the world but also led to the establishment of Stalinist-type dictatorships. The revolution led to the ideological division of the world. Even after the end of the Cold War the continuing consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union mean the revolution still has real impact today.

Wednesday: 20 September
Time: 7 pm — 9 pm
Tickets: £5 per person and includes refreshments

Tickets are available in advance from the Royal Armouries website:

Nigel Hosier, Operations Manager said, ‘We are thrilled to invite guest speaker Dr Paul Flenley to Fort Nelson for the second in a series of evening talks. As we enter the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, this fascinating talk, ‘The Russian Revolution: 100 Years On’, will explore how this key turning point permeated not just the politics of the country, but society as a whole”.

Fort Nelson is a historic monument, rescued from dereliction and carefully restored. It commands spectacular views over Portsmouth Harbour to the south and the picturesque Meon Valley to the north. The Royal Armouries museum was opened in 1984 for the first time, and today is one of the largest artillery museums in the UK. Set within 19 acres, there is a lot to see and explore including the ramparts, parade, tunnels, galleries and Café 1871. The Fort is open from 10am — 5 pm daily. Admission and parking are free.

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Notes to editors
– Royal Armouries has two other sites at HM Tower of London and in Leeds.
– Fort Nelson in Hampshire houses the national collection of big guns and artillery. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2011, with new galleries and a state-of-the-art education centre. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
– In 2014, it was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
– The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business based on the same site in Leeds.
– For further media enquiries and photo opportunities at Fort Nelson, please contact Caroline Chapman, Communications Officer:

About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.