Remembrance Weekend at Fort Nelson

October 17, 2023

Remembrance Weekend will be marked with a commemorative gun firing at 11am at Fort Nelson.

On both Armistice Day on 11 November and Remembrance Sunday on 12 November a gun will be fired at 11am to mark the start and end of a national two-minute silence.

The silence will be followed by a performance of ‘When the guns stopped firing’ on the Parade Ground of the Victorian fort, which will be repeated at 12.30pm each day. 

The Garrison Artillery Volunteers will fire the artillery during the weekend event – an 18-pounder field gun on Saturday and a 25-pounder field gun on Sunday. 

Time Will Tell Theatre company will also give three performances of ‘Letters Home’, which is the story of how two billion letters were sorted, carried, and delivered by the Post Office during the war years.

The Post Office was one of the main employers of women during the First World War and was a key link in communications between those fighting on the front line and their loved ones back home.

Time Will Tell Theatre company will give three performances of the play on both days at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm.

Admission to the museum and the theatre performances are free but tickets need to be booked in advance at 

Fort Nelson played a significant role in both World Wars, as barracks for troops waiting to be deployed to the front line in the First, and as an anti-aircraft ammunition supply depot during the Second.

Public Engagement Manager, Elizabeth Puddick, said: “Fort Nelson seems a fitting place to fire a gun on Remembrance Weekend to remember those who lost their lives in service, as the fort has a connection to both World Wars. 

“We also have some theatre performances for visitors to watch. Come and join us for a weekend of remembrance at the fort but remember to book your free admission tickets in advance via our website.”

Admission free. Car parking £3. Fort Nelson will be open between 10am – 4pm.

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