MERRY CHRISTMAS – FORT NELSON STYLE! - Friday, 6 December 2013
Step back in time at Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson this festive season and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional Victorian Christmas.
Visitors can enjoy a series of performances by costumed characters, bringing to life the Victorian fort’s kitchen and barrack areas.
There’s a chance to:
- Meet Victorian soldier Tommy Atkins in the Voice of the Guns Gallery
- See Private Dobson, the fort’s very own cook, at work creating traditional dishes in the 19th century kitchens
- Discover the stories of life at Fort Nelson, from the perspective of those who lived and worked there
- Join festive tours and gain a unique insight into Christmas life and celebrations, Victorian style.
Fort operations manager Nigel Hosier said, “This will be a nostalgic and atmospheric glimpse into life at the fort, and how the Victorians celebrated. Unlike purpose-built museums, Fort Nelson is a historic monument in its own right and visitors may even sense the ghosts of Christmas past, as they complete our fascinating tours.”
The Christmas activities run on Saturday, December 21, and Sunday, December 22, with performances in Private Dobson’s kitchen at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm. Each performance will last about 20 minutes and museum entrance, car parking and performances are free.
The 50-minute guided tours run at 11.15am and 1pm, priced £3 for adults and free for the under 16s.
Fort Nelson is home to the national collection of artillery – the big guns – including many fine examples of Victorian firepower. The museum includes new, state-of-the-art galleries and a 19-acre site to explore, complete with underground tunnels.
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Notes to editors
- Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London, Fort Nelson and Louisville, Kentucky. It is the first British national museum to open a permanent presence in another country
- Admission to the museum is free. However, there may be a small charge for some special events.
- Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-25 December
- Information Line: 0113 220 1999
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.
To find Fort Nelson, follow the brown Tourist signs from the M27. The Fort is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.