Fort Nelson Short course


Fort Nelson lies to the north of Portsmouth on Portsdown Hill. Construction started in 1862 and was part of a ring of forts surrounding Portsmouth to protect it from advances in gun technology. The fear was that a potential enemy would attack from the land, take possession of the hill, and bombard Portsmouth. Unusually, for this reason, Fort Nelson's defensive gun emplacements face inland.

On this short course, you'll look at the construction issues in creating the Fort, the conservation issues the fort faces today, and the ongoing conservation issues for the Royal Armouries Collection at Fort Nelson.

Course details


  • Mode of study: Face to face
  • Duration: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Start and end dates: Not currently scheduled
  • Location: To be announced


  • Single bookings: £105
  • Multirate (3 or more courses booked at same time): £90
  • APC rate: £70
  • Apprenticeship rate: £70
  • Retired rate: £70

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll cover:

  • Construction issues involving immense quantities of bricks and mortar
  • The techniques and skills involved in conserving and managing this historic estate
  • The relationship between conserving historic artefacts in the context of a large historic structure
  • A tour of the site leading to an understanding of the management of historic built environment sites


The course will be coordinated by Tim Goodhead. Tim is a former Head of the School of Environmental Design and Management and a former Dean at the University of Portsmouth.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. 

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