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Karen Watts

Karen Watts is Senior Curator of Art and Armour at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.

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Palmerston's Follies

Fort Nelson is one of the ‘Palmerston Forts’, commissioned in the 1860s by Lord Palmerston, who feared a French attack. By the time they were completed, however, any threat from France disappeared. The forts gained the nickname ‘Palmerston’s follies’.

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