Ubique Living History Group - Napoleonic gun firing. © Barry James Wilson

Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of guns from the Napoleonic period on Sunday, June 23, during two free gun-firing demonstrations and weapons inspections.

Uniformed gunners will fire the historic guns at 1pm and 3pm at the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson, home to the national collection of artillery – the big guns.

Re-enactors from Ubique Right of the Line will fire a British Bronze Six-Pounder gun, probably dating to the last few years of the 18th century, and most likely constructed by Henry and John King, Master Founders at Woolwich.

HMS Loire will also fire a French Imperial Bronze Six-Pounder, which was cast in Holland by Louis Maritz at The Hague in 1813 for the French Republic. This was nicknamed Le Fameux (The Famous).

Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said, “Each demonstration will be followed by a chance for visitors to inspect the guns, and to ask the volunteer gunners for more information, and questions. Museum admission and parking are free and it’s a fascinating day out for all the family.”

Standing high on Portsdown Hill near Fareham, Fort Nelson showcases one of the world’s finest collections of artillery and cannon, from across the ages and from all corners of the globe.

In 2011, this unique heritage attraction underwent a £3.5m redevelopment to create a museum for the 21st century, supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, complete with new galleries, state-of-the-art education centre and visitor facilities.

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Notes to editors

To find Fort Nelson, follow the brown Tourist signs from the M27. The Fort is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.

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