Date(s) - 01/07/2016 - 03/07/2016
10:00 - 16:00
- Starts at: 10:00am Friday 1 July 2016
- Finishes at: 5:00pm Sunday 3 July 2016
- Location: Fort Nelson
- Suitable for: Everyone
- Event type: Themed weekend
Join Fort Nelson for a weekend of film screenings, handling sessions and live big gun firings to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme.
Portsmouth played a critical role during the First World War as an embarkation point for the millions of soldiers deployed to Europe.
Troops stationed in Portsmouth during this period used Fort Nelson as a barrack and training centre. It is believed that the men stationed at the Fort practised trench digging between Fort Nelson and Fort Southwick prior to being deployed to mainland Europe.
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME FILM SCREENINGS
Come along to one of our screenings of the 1916 British film “The Battle of the Somme”.
Screenings will take place in the Artillery Hall next to the First World War Railway Howitzer. Admission is free – pre-booking is not required.
- Screenings: 11am, 12.30 pm, 2pm and 3.30pm
- Length: 90 minutes (silent film)
- Limited seating
INSIGHT: FIRST WORLD WAR MILITARY ARTEFACTS
Get your hands on history at this First World War themed handling session, with a focus on military artefacts.
- 12.30pm and 3pm daily
- Free to participate
Don’t miss daily live firings of our historic guns.
- Daily 1pm: Live firing of the 25-pounder Howitzer gun
- Friday 1 July – Sunday 3 July, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm: Live firing of a First World War 18-pounder by a uniformed detachment from Ubique.