Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson will ring to the power and might of the big guns as the museum opens its doors after hours next Friday (May 16) as part of the Culture24 national event – Museums at Night.

This themed event allows visitors to explore the Fort as twilight falls and see three outstanding exhibits from Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery, fired by specialist uniformed gun crews.

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

Highlights include:

Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said, “The event is designed to appeal to all ages, particularly family groups as well as those interested in artillery and is a novel chance to see the Fort at night – hopefully as the sun goes down, weather permitting.”

The event forms part of Museums at Night – Culture24’s festival which inspires after-hours cultural events at museums, galleries and heritage sites across Britain.
Admission is from 6pm, priced at £4 for adults – children’s admission is free (under 16s). The event ends at 9pm. Due to space restrictions, some activities will have limited capacity.

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