£5 per person, which includes refreshments.
Fort Nelson hosts a series of after-hours talks, covering all aspects of military history and the area's rich heritage.
Tickets cost £5 per person and include refreshments.
The History of Shoreham Fort
Gary Baines, the Chairman and founder of the Friends of Shoreham Fort, gives December's talk.
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. Since 2009, Shoreham Fort has been subject to a restoration programme run by the Friends of Shoreham Fort, a registered charity run entirely by volunteers.
The Edged Weapons of Waterloo
Special guest speak Henry Yallop delivers the first Fort Talk of 2020 when he presents on The Edged Weapons of Waterloo. Henry is Royal Armouries Keeper of Edged Weapons and Armour, and has a lifelong passion for arms, armour and military history. He's an expert in the development, use and effect of arms and armour, especially relating to European edged weapons and archery.
With bayonet, lance and sword, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars saw huge armies using vast numbers of edged weapons. This talk will examine the Battle of Waterloo, and seek to identify the most unusual types and forms of edged weapons found in the hands of the common soldier during the period. Henry will conclude with how they were used and consider how effective they really were.
Tickets for all Fort Talks are available in advance from the Royal Armouries website: royalarmouries.org/event/fort-talks or from the Fort Nelson Visitor Centre.
Fort Nelson is a historic monument, rescued from dereliction and carefully restored. It commands spectacular views over Portsmouth Harbour to the south and the picturesque Meon Valley to the north. The Fort is open from 10am – 5pm daily (April – October). Admission is free, parking £3.
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