“We all try to remember the things we have lost and would do anything to have those things back, so why do we not look after them before they are lost.”

Shoreham Fort as it currently is from the sky

My name is Gary Baines, I am the Chairman and Founder of the Friends of Shoreham Fort.

When I was a child of only 4 years of age, my grandfather took me to see this fort.  I can remember running around the Carnot wall, holding his walking stick, pretending it was a gun.  Unfortunately my grandfather passed away that same year so the fort was to be my last memory of him.

Since then It has always fascinated me.

After investing in a computer in 1994, I searched the Internet to see what I could find out about the fort.  I spent several hours searching to find out that there was very little documented about this rare fort.  The research on Shoreham Fort and others that tell the tale of the Palmerston prototypes including Littlehampton and Fort Nelson began.

Therefore in the hope that other people were interested, I set up a web site in 1999.  Things have changed a lot since then and we are now very thankful that our website is designed by a professional that volunteers with us.  So have a good look and please visit again as the site is always being updated.

After researching the Shoreham Fort for nearly 15 years I eventually gained permission to start a restoration project and on my 30th Birthday, May 9th 2010 the Friends of Shoreham Fort was officially launched.

The Volunteers, now tirelessly look after the fort, hold numerous events and raise money to secure her future.  Many hours have been clocked up over the years and without these volunteers, restoration would be nothing but a boys dream.

If after looking at the website you can add anything to aid our research, or have any questions or suggestions, I would be very grateful if you could contact me

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We at Shoreham Fort can't do any of the work we are able to without the help and support of many people, if you would like to contribute please click the donate button below. Your donations will go towards materials and equipment to help us restore the Fort.

The Friends of Shoreham Fort.

More then 6113 hours have been contributed... Why don't you join in? Find out more here.

We're always in need of equipment, tools, and items at the fort... here's a few things on our wish list:

Renewal of IT/presentation equipment

With a partial award for an application to Sussex Community Foundation we have been able to increase our outreach and education programme; therefore increasing word of mouth of our project and engaging the wider community in a positive and proactive manner.

A big THANK-YOU to Sussex Community Foundation for the donation!

Newly equiped classroom facility

This year we were able to purchase 40 chairs, 40 clipboards, an A Frame easel and dry marker pens to complete our classroom facility in the Nissen hut. This was all made possible by the Shoreham and Southwick Rotary who we help when we can with book donations and especially at Christmas with our very own version of Elf and Safety lol Thank you for your continued support

A big THANK-YOU to Rotary Club of Shoreham & Southwick for the donation!


Purchased with funding raised through a week of community fundraising in Shoreham Branch

A big THANK-YOU to Santander for the donation!

Door and window for Food for Fort

We were very fortunate to have been donated the doors to the Nissen hut and Food of Fort by Vivo Vision in Worthing. Unfortunately, with the break in, the door and window to Food for Fort is damaged and has been boarded up since September. It would be incredible if there was anyone out there who could help us with the replacement of these broken items.


We have four main events of the year, the biggest being our Military History Weekend - Sponsors of any of our events would be very welcome - please contact us


Bid writers / Architects / Fundraisers

Hand tools

We are getting to the end of the useful life of our trowels, hand garden forks and equipment that we use for carefully weeding around the Scheduled Monument. Any small hand tools would be gratefully received. As would kneeling mats and gloves.

Barrack Block

The Dream........ We really are working on this but relying on others is a very frustrating process ;)


People are genuinely surprised when we tell them how few volunteers we have that come on site on a regular basis to help maintain and conserve the site for the enjoyment of the public. If you think you would like to get involved with this amazing project then please do get in touch or come down on one of our volunteer days. It may look like it's all hard, manual work but there really is a job for all.

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