In Memoriam: Commemorating our family’s contributions to the First World War

In Memoriam In the past, it was common for institutions such as schools, railway companies, post offices and even private businesses to create their own war memorials. They remembered those staff who had fallen in the service of their country. This year, as part of the Royal Armouries commemoration of the Armistice, we decided to … Continue reading In Memoriam: Commemorating our family’s contributions to the First World War

The arrival of the FH70 at Fort Nelson – another new acquisition!

Written by Phil Magrath, Curator at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth. The Royal Armouries collection of artillery was recently enhanced with the addition of a Field Howitzer of 155mm calibre (FH-70). This system was originally a collaborative project between the UK, USA and Germany, all desirous to change older systems, which, in the case of the UK, … Continue reading The arrival of the FH70 at Fort Nelson – another new acquisition!

Conservation in action: The German 25 cm trench mortar (Minenwerfer ) 1917

In 2004 a former member of the Royal Armouries staff collected this German 25 cm trench mortar from a Farm in Norfolk, where for a number of years it had been exposed to the elements and was in need of some tender loving care. On site at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson in Portsmouth, the trench mortar remained … Continue reading Conservation in action: The German 25 cm trench mortar (Minenwerfer ) 1917

‘Do nothing or go the Full Hog and Build a Replica’

Fort Nelson Conservator Matthew Hancock is presenting a paper at the triennial Institute of Conservation conference in Birmingham this afternoon. The paper titled ‘Do nothing or go the Full Hog and build a Replica’, investigates current treatment trends in conservation in line with the conference theme.   The presentation uses one of the Fort's most interesting … Continue reading ‘Do nothing or go the Full Hog and Build a Replica’

Facing-Recovering at Fort Nelson

Artist Jevan Watkins Jones talks about his experiences collaborating with soldiers and veterans for new exhibition facing – recovering, currently on display at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson until February 1. What was your role in the project? My role was as lead artist responsible for designing and delivering a socially engaged art project with … Continue reading Facing-Recovering at Fort Nelson