Royal Armouries' Fort Nelson opens doors on refurbishment

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29 July 2011
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The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson in Fareham, Hampshire is set to open its doors to visitors for the first time since work was completed on the £3.5 million redevelopment project. ...

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson in Fareham, Hampshire is set to open its doors to visitors for the first time since work was completed on the £3.5 million redevelopment project.


The project is part-funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost £2 million. The Victorian Fort has been refurbished sympathetically into a modern visitor attraction, providing better access and facilities for visitors.


Over recent weeks, gun moving equipment has been installed in the new gallery – the Voice of the Guns – by engineering company Beck and Pollitzer.


Guns to be moved into the new gallery include two World War Two anti-aircraft guns, a French cannon, captured at the battle of Waterloo; a bronze Russian cannon from the Crimean War, and sections from the barrel of the infamous Iraqi Supergun.


The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson is home to the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum houses one of the world’s finest collections of artillery, with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years and from every corner of the globe.

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The collection originated at HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995. Read more about Fort Nelson and the August/September 2011 issue of Classic Arms & Militaria.


The Fort will be ready two welcome visitors of all ages from Saturday 6 August. It’s open daily from 10am to 5pm and admission is free.

 

Find this news story and more in the August/September 2011 issue of Classic Arms & Militaria