Shoreham Garrison

During the nineteenth century Shoreham Fort was garrisoned by the 1st Sussex Volunteer Artillery of Eastern Division, Royal Artillery, whose headquarters were in Brighton. Together with the 2nd Sussex volunteer Artillery, based at Eastbourne they were formed just before 1860 as Rifle Volunteers from the local rifle clubs and were quickly joined by artillery volunteers following the invasion scare of Napoleon III.

The Sussex Volunteer Artillery was considered to be foremost among Volunteer Artillery units and in 1865 at the Shoeburyness National Artillery Meeting it won the Queen’s Prize and the Lord Palmeston Prize for accurate shooting. In 1896 they demonstrated the usefulness of an armoured train in the manoeuvres of that year when they achieved “excellent practice” with a 40-pounder gun which was deployed by train along the coastline between Newhaven and Shoreham. In the army list of 1896 Sussex is listed as forth of 62 in “Order of Procedure of the several counties in the volunteer Artillery Force”.

The photograph shows men of the Sussex Artillery Volunteers at Shoreham Fort Between 1894 and 1895 wearing the typical uniform of that time. The blue cork helmet has a distinctive badge plate which was peculiar to the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers. The officers wore a cross belt, waist belt with sword slings and swords, whilst the other ranks are seen parading with waist belts and Martini Henry rifles. the tunics and trousers are dark blue serge, the tunics with red piping and red stand up collars. Buttons, belts etc, are dull silver in colour.

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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.

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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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