Five-day museum closure as part of £3.5m revamp of Fort Nelson - Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson will close for five days after the half-term holiday as part of the latest phase of its long-awaited £3.5m redevelopment.

The museum will be closed to visitors from Monday, February 28, to Friday, March 4,inclusive, to allow essential works, including the relocation of some of the largest guns in the national collection.

Sean Mannie, Head of Royal Armouries South, said, “We’re sorry to have to shut the museum and we have deliberately scheduled the closure for after half-term, when we are running our popular children’s events on the Tuesday and Thursday. We have also confined the work to weekdays, so we can ensure it’s business as usual at weekends.”

Access to the grounds outside the Victorian Fort on Portsdown Hill remains unaffected – visitors will still be able to walk around the dry moat surrounding the museum, access the grassed area and enjoy the scenic views over Portsmouth Harbour.

This is the only planned closure of the Fort during its redevelopment, which is part-funded by a grant of nearly £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is due to complete this summer and will see the fort transformed into a museum fit for the 21st century, complete with a glass-sided new gallery, visitor centre, classroom-of-the-future and extended parking

For more details about the Fort redevelopment, and the half-term holiday events, visit website.


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