Shoreham Fort


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Military History Weekend 2017

Military History Weekend 2017 – June 3rd & 4th 2017

It seems as if we are just moments away from the start of our 6th Military History Weekend this year. This year sees the return of the KitKar Display team, the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment, and the Fort Cumberland Guard with their cannon*. Also joining us this year are the Pompey Pals - Portsmouth's finest from the Great war, and the Royal Sussex Living History Group with their extensive gun collection. We may see some from the English civil war too!

You'll be able to 'donate' blood WWII style in the Nissen hut with the fantastic West Sussex Irregulars, and also take you hand at the Airsoft Target range. A lot of military vehicles are joining us this year, with possibly a Saracen tank or two. The re-created backdrop from "The Showman's Dream" will be out on display, and a souvenir picture taken from the weekend - dressing up is optional of course!

All this along with activities for the kids, including rifle drill, history hunt and more. Oh, and don't forget the home made cake! If we're lucky then Queen Victoria herself will even make an appearance.

On both days, we start at 11am and finish at 4.30pm. This really is a weekend not to be missed.

MHW 2017 Poster

* Note, the Cannon will only be fired on Sunday 4th June

Volunteers required

Without the work of our dedicated volunteers none of our events would take place, and we're always looking for more to help out - many hands make light work, as the saying goes. So if you're free on Saturday 3rd or Sunday 4th June, then please do come down to the fort - even if it's for a couple of hours - there are still plenty of jobs that can be done - volunteering does get you a free lunch!

We're also always on the hunt for more volunteers to help out with the conservation and restoration of the Fort. Anyone is able to help out, from making cups of tea, through to the hard work of digging. All you need to do is come along to one of our volunteer days - the next one will be on Sunday 18th June, see the events page for more dates.

Join us...

Want to help?

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

  • Projector

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

    A big THANK-YOU to Santander for their donation!

  • Doors for Food for Fort and Nissen Hut

    A big THANK-YOU to Vevo Vision for their donation!

  • Sponsors

    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

  • Expertise

    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.

  • Barrack Block

    That would be really lovely........ We are working on it ;)

  • My Cloud Mirror Drive

    Purchased with thanks to 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 their donation!

  • 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 their donation!

  • Volunteers

    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.

If you're able to help, or have contact with someone who can, then please let us know


Do you recognise one of these names? Perhaps a family member or friends family?

  • A.G.Burstow
  • W.H.Turner
  • W.Pettitt

Let us know - They might be connected to the 1st Sussex Artillery Volunteers who were based at Shoreham. Any information is greatly appreciated.


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