33 members of the Discovering Wessex J1 Group went to Portsmouth on Friday 15th November, to visit Fort Nelson which is now the home of the ROYAL ARTILLERY Museum. We were shown around the whole installation by 2 very knowledgeable official guides looking at the museum galleries, the displays of historic guns from ancient cannons to modern artillery pieces. One of which was 200 tons in weight and ran on railway tracks and used to fire huge shells 7 miles. We also saw the ramparts with their original cannons etc. The visit ended with a walk down the underground tunnels into the magazines, stores and barracks areas. Many enjoyed a tasty lunch before returning to Ferndown by the coach. A very enjoyable trip.
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