Biggest boys’ toys are rolled out for Fathers’ Day! - Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Sexton - Second World War self-propelled gun: © Board of Trustees of Armouries 2010 - Click to download image Image: Sexton – Second World War self-propelled gun: © Board of Trustees of Armouries 2010 – Click to download.

Make Fathers’ Day go with a bang – and witness the power and might of the Royal Armouries’ biggest guns – by enjoying a free day out at Fort Nelson, on Sunday (June 20).

Museum staff are set to roll out the “biggest boys’ toys” to mark the special day, including the Sexton – a Second World War self-propelled gun. Belching smoke and with an impressive roar, the tank-like vehicle will go through its paces throughout the day – driving and firing. There’s a chance as well for dads to climb into the wartime giant and pose for photos, at the controls, with their children.

A detachment of uniformed, Victorian-style gunners will also fire the museum’s biggest weapon stationed there during the 19th Century – a 110-pounder, 7-inch, Armstrong breech-loading gun. The gunners will be made up of members of the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers, the uniformed section of the Palmerston Forts Society.

Fort operations manager Mark Selwood said, “This is a great chance to bring your fathers along to witness the power and might of some of the biggest guns in the national collection, which is housed here at Fort Nelson. The Sexton is always a great spectacle, roaring and clanking around the arena, and the Armstrong gun will be fired just as it was 150 years ago. Admission is absolutely free and it’s a fantastic day out for all the family”.

Other Fathers’ Day events include performances by uniformed actors and special guided museum tours throughout the day, all with a Victorian theme.

For details of all the Royal Armouries’ Dangerously Entertaining programme of exciting events, visit


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