The Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson will host the latest in a series of Fort Talks on Wednesday 11 December with special guest speaker Gary Baines, the Chairman and founder of the Friends of Shoreham Fort.
During the past two centuries only two of the many small forts and gun batteries built in Southern England remain, Littlehampton Fort, completed in 1854, and Shoreham Fort, completed in 1857. Gary will discuss the design flaws identified in building these forts and how they were revised before construction of the Palmerston follies commenced. Gary will discuss the progression from the prototype fortifications at Shoreham and Littlehampton to the building of the Palmerston fortifications, including Fort Nelson. Shoreham Fort was part of Lord Palmerston’s defences against a possible invasion by Emperor Napoleon III of France and has a unique and diverse history which includes links to the Charge of the Light Brigade, artillery trains and silent film making.
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road,
Hampshire, PO17 6AN