Artillery in Action at Fort Nelson - Monday, 22 July 2013

Experience the power of Fort Nelson’s mighty trebuchet this summer – a half-sized replica of the medieval siege engine that famously featured in The Lord of the Rings films.
The trebuchet – used in medieval times to fire boulders at castle walls – will be one of three weapons featured in Royal Armouries’ Artillery in Action series, throughout the summer holidays.

Fort Nelson staff will also fire a replica wrought-iron breech loader of the late medieval period and a 25-pounder field gun used by the Honourable Artillery Company in more recent times.

The demonstrations run as part of the Victorian Fort’s summer holiday activities, from Wednesday (July 24) to September 1inclusive). Museum admission and parking are absolutely free.

Curator of Artillery Philip Magrath said, “Our daily gun firings are always very popular with visitors of all ages. As part of our summer programme, we will be firing three weapons – representing 1,000 years of artillery – at 1pm, to demonstrate how technology has changed throughout the ages.

“The trebuchet is bound to be very popular, as it featured in the highly successful The Lord of the Rings film series. Instead of boulders, we will be attempting to shoot cannon balls at a target on the Fort’s parade ground.”

Visitors can also tour the 19th century Fort’s galleries – home to the national collection of artillery – and explore the 19-acre site, complete with ramparts and underground tunnels.

Museum admission and parking are free.

For full details of all Royal Armouries’ events, please visit

To find Fort Nelson, follow the brown Tourist signs from the M27. The Fort is open seven days a week, from 10.30am to 4pm (winter hours).

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