Youngsters get the chance to dig deeper into the history of fort

LOOKING ON From left, Wilf and Nancy Lindo, Tyler Watson and Guy Lindo look at their find ' a bullet, held by museum assistant Kelly Haycock
LOOKING ON From left, Wilf and Nancy Lindo, Tyler Watson and Guy Lindo look at their find ' a bullet, held by museum assistant Kelly Haycock
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Children were given the chance to become explorers and help uncover the hidden histories of Fort Nelson in Fareham.

The activity sessions allowed families to find out more about Victorian fort, its history and the stories of the people who lived and worked there.

Tyler Watson from Fareham helps search for finds

Tyler Watson from Fareham helps search for finds

For those that want to dig deeper into the past, a recreated test dig has been installed to allow explorers to uncover artefacts woven into the history of the fort.

Staff at Nelson are showing youngsters how to 
excavate and examine the hidden objects from the pit.

The aim is to help discover what life was like as a Victorian soldier, from the medicine they used to keys, cutlery and buttons.

Operations manager at Fort Nelson Nigel Hosier said: ‘The events have been very popular.

‘It’s great watching families take part and have fun digging things up.

‘The children love discovering the artefacts and 
everyone learns something new.’

As a special treat for visitors, daily gun firings are being held at 1pm.

And there is more to explore and discover on the site, including the fort’s tunnels and museum’s galleries.

The state-of-the-art galleries showcase some of the world’s finest examples of firepower, from across the ages.

The hidden histories sessions start at 11am, 2pm and 3pm every day until Friday.

There is a charge of £3.50 per session and tickets are available on arrival at the visitors’ centre.

Exhibition entry, museum admission and parking are free.

Visitors can explore the 19-acre fort, home to the national collection of 
artillery daily from 10am – 5pm with last admission at 4pm.