Schoolchildren to help launch public appeal for museum of the future - Wednesday, 26 May 2010

The Royal Armouries today launches a major public appeal to help safeguard one of Hampshire’s best-loved historic landmarks for future generations.

A total of 51 pupils from Northern Junior School, Portchester, will watch the firing of a replica trebuchet at the official launch to raise the final £300,000 towards the £3.5m redevelopment of Fort Nelson near Fareham.

Sean Mannie, head of the Royal Armouries South, said, “It’s fitting that we will be joined at the appeal launch by Year 6 pupils from one of our local schools as one of our key aims is to secure this magnificent Victorian fort for future generations.

“This is our final drive to achieve our funding target and contributions, big and small, will make a difference.”

The Royal Armouries has already secured from generous support from:

Funds will be used to transform the museum – home to the national collection of artillery and cannon – into a visitor attraction fit for the 21st Century. Improvements will include a dramatic new entrance gallery, The Orienteur, displaying the collection’s most iconic cannon, including Saddam Hussein’s infamous Supergun. The transformed museum will also include a state-of-the-art education centre and facilities, featuring a new ‘classroom of the future’ and dedicated entrance.

For details of how to give, please contact:
Ellie Matthews
Individual Giving Manager
Royal Armouries Museum
LS10 1LT
Tel: 0113 220 1966

Alternatively, look out for the donation envelopes on your next trip to the Fort or visit

Please maximise the value of your support by completing the Gift Aid form (Gift Aid means that for every pound given by a UK taxpayer, the Armouries receives an extra 25p from HM Revenue and Customs, at no extra cost to the giver).

The free national museum at Fort Nelson will remain open throughout the building phase in 2010, with an exciting programme of events.


You are invited to send a reporter and photographer/camera crew to the appeal launch at 11.30am on Thursday, May 27, when the replica trebuchet will be fired. School children will be available to participate in the photocall.


Notes to editors

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Joss Loader
Primary PR Ltd.
Tel: 07838 379599

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