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Fort Nelson commemorates the centenary of the Armistice this autumn

Wednesday, 19 September 2018
A happy child dressed in First World War unform salutes a kneeling soldier

Autumn at Fort Nelson

This autumn Fort Nelson in Hampshire will commemorate the centenary of the Armistice in 1918 with a number of special events.

Visitors can explore the fort at war this October Half Term, as well as experiencing a unique evening event where the forts interpreters will bring to life concert parties made popular during the war. On Remembrance Sunday there will be a poignant immersive sound experience marking the final hours of the war.

Mark Jackson, Events and Informal Learning Manager comments: “Fort Nelson played an important role during the First World War, housing a number of recruits from Kitchener’s volunteer army. We have a number of prominent objects from the period displayed at the fort, including the 18 inch, 180-tonne Railway Howitzer – the British Army’s largest surviving gun from the First World War. Our upcoming events will give visitors a unique insight into the experience of soldiers in training and on the front line, with a variety of events on offer to cater to the whole family.”

October half term: Fort Nelson and the Great War

20 – 26 October, 10 am – 4 pm. Free to attend.

Step back in time to 1915 and follow the ‘ghosts’ from Fort Nelson’s past as they re-create scenes depicting the Fort’s role as a training and transit camp in the Great War.

Join in a variety of activities; learn marching drills and how to fight with rifle and bayonet.

Enjoy set-piece performances around the Fort which will bring to life elements of a soldier’s daily life while at the training camp; the joys of getting a treat box from home and enjoying midnight feasts, as well as the less appealing nature of washing in the ablutions.

Museums at Night: Great War concert party

26 October, 7 – 9 pm

Travel back in time with our fantastic troupe of performers for a special evening full of music, song, poetry recitals and comedy.

We were delighted to discover evidence in our archives that Fort Nelson presented music hall style events in the late 19th century. Music halls were at their most popular during the early period of the First World War when their entertainment programmes were used to drum up support and enthusiasm for the troops. This special evening will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

When the guns fell silent

11 November, 9 am – 4 pm. Free to attend.

An immersive sound experience to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and our Remembrance Sunday commemorative event will be a change to our usual gun salute and silence.

This year our 18-pounder field gun will be fired every ten minutes in the 100 minutes leading up to the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

In the final ten minutes we will endeavour to simulate some of the chaos of the Western Front with a cacophony of rifle and artillery firings plus sound effects until 11am sharp when the guns will fall silent.

Please join us to honour the sacrifice made by so many people so we might live in freedom today.

This is a free event and suitable for all the family. Groups are very welcome.

For more details about the Royal Armouries and the national collection housed at Fort Nelson, visit our website.

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About the Royal Armouries

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