Falklands veterans at Royal Armouries - Fort Nelson

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Hear the stories of the veterans who served in the Falklands conflict at Fort Nelson in a new exhibition: Falklands 40 – What Portsmouth Saw.

The exhibition features recordings of local men who served in the Falklands War discussing their experiences of returning to the south coast, alongside BBC South footage and images from The News of the emotional, spectacular homecomings to Portsmouth Harbour.

A display of small arms used by the forces in the Falklands War will also be on show in the exhibition, which runs from 25 May to 25 September (free admission).

Fort Nelson witnessed the comings and goings of the Falklands War with ships departing and arriving from its high viewpoint overlooking Portsmouth Harbour.

Forty years on, this exhibition shows the emotion of the homecomings after British troops gained control of the Falklands in June 1982, following the surrender of the Argentinian forces.

Portsmouth played a huge part in the Falklands War. Of the 127 ships that sailed the 8,000 miles to the Falklands, a third of the taskforce were prepared in the dockyard.

Royal Armouries would like to thank ten Falklands veterans who filmed at Fort Nelson, telling their stories of the conflict and coming home to Portsmouth:
Barrie Jones – HMS Intrepid
Alan ‘Sharkey’ Ward - HMS Herald
Mark Edwards – HMS Yarmouth
Chris Purcell – HMS Sheffield
Derek ‘Smokey’ Cole – HMS Intrepid
Joe Erskine – HMS Hydra
Andy Gatherer – HMS Glamorgan
John Galway – HMS Sheffield
Philip Currier – HMS Hermes
John Mathison – Royal Marines

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Free admission



  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Induction Loop System
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Full liquor licence
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments Available
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Children’s packs
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available
  • Indoor children’s play area
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Audio Tours
  • Conference facilities
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Team / Corporate Activities

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Off-road parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within 5 miles

Payment Methods

  • Delta
  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • Some no smoking areas

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups
  • Information Point


Map & Directions

Falklands 40 - What Portsmouth Saw

Type:Museums & Galleries

Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 6AN
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Tel01329 233 734

Opening Times

Falklands 40 - What Portsmouth Saw (25 May 2022 - 25 Sept 2022)

* In line with regular opening hours at Fort Nelson.

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