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Fort Nelson Open Days - This Weekend


There's loads going on at Fort Nelson this weekend so if you're in the Hampshire area, why not prolong your summer holidays and pay them a visit? 


For this year’s Heritage Open Days Fort Nelson will focus on the behind-the-scenes work their Conservators carry out as they skilfully preserve and maintain their collection for future generations.

Starts:              10 am Saturday 9 September 2017

Finishes:         5:00 pm Sunday 10 September 2017

Location:        Fort Nelson

Suitable for:   Everyone, FREE event.


The 17th-century Marine Salvage Project focuses on three guns recovered from the river Thames and Goodwin Sands, off the Kent coast, all of which require technical conservation treatments. The gun recovered from Goodwin Sands is especially interesting as it is manufactured from four different types of metal.

Talk 11 am and 3 pm. FREE

Conservator Matthew Hancock will discuss one of the major conservation projects currently being carried out at Fort Nelson.


Join Conservator Matthew Hancock on a short tour of the Fort’s conservation workshop for an interesting insight in to some of the challenges faced when conserving collection objects and the technical treatments used to resolve them. 

Talk and tour, 12 noon and 2 pm. FREE

There is also a chance to witness the power and might of the 16-pounder at Fort Nelson on Sunday 10th September

Visitors are invited to experience the power and might of one of the big guns from the Royal Armouries’ national collection on Sunday 10 September, as the highlight of a free day out for all the family.

The power and might of the 16-pounder will echo across Fort Nelson’s parade in the latest of a series of spectacular free Sunday gun firings featuring authentic gun drills.

Dressed in Victorian uniforms, detachments from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will fire the historic 16-pounder gun at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm on the parade of the 19th century fort.

As well as daily 1 pm gun firings, the Royal Armouries’ museum at Fort Nelson offers a great day out for all the family. Standing high on Portsdown Hill, Fareham, the Victorian fort is home to one of the largest collections of artillery in the UK. There is so much to see and explore including the ramparts, parade, tunnels and Cafe 1871. The Fort is open from 10 am – 5 pm daily and admission and parking is free. 

See what other families have to say about there visit to Fort Nelson here.



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