Fort Nelson receives £10,000 cash boost

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FORT Nelson has been awarded a £10,000 grant by Hampshire County Council.

The funding has been allocated to The Royal Armouries Development Trust which supports activities relating to the national collection of arms and armour in Fareham.

Around 90,000 people visit Fort Nelson each year and a £3.5m redevelopment programme is now under way to boost visitor numbers further and look after the existing collection.

The county council’s grant will support a project to highlight and interpret the Waterloo Gun, one of the icons of the new ‘Voice of the Guns’ gallery at the Fort.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber, said: ‘Fort Nelson not only represents an important educational resource for thousands of Hampshire schoolchildren every year that learn about its important role in history, but it is also a significant tourist attraction for young and old that benefits the local economy. I am delighted that the county council is able to support their work even further.’