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Fort Nelson: the big gun arms race talk

27 Mar 2019

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Nicholas Hall, formerly keeper of Artillery at the museum, played a key role in helping the Royal Armouries and Hampshire County Council to develop Fort Nelson from a derelict site to a must see attraction.

During the evening, he will reveal how during the mid-19th century gun designers began to transform what was possible by using new materials and technologies developed from the Industrial Revolution.

The talk will examine allegations of government favouritism and how patent infringements flew thick and fast between rival engineers such as Armstrong, Blakely and Whitworth. As a consequence Britain fell behind German and French achievements.

Using the remarkable artillery collection of the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson, Nicholas will make connections between major technological advances in artillery to illustrate the murky stories of the past.

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Access for wheelchair users

Level access toilet

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£5 per person and includes refreshments

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10am – 4pm