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A MUSEUM is set to close for five days as part of a £3.5m redevelopment.

Fort Nelson, on Portsdown Hill, near Fareham, will close from Monday, February 28, to Friday, March 4, to allow essential works.

This will include the relocation of some of the largest guns in the national collection.

Sean Mannie, head of Royal Armouries South, said: ‘We’re sorry to have to shut the museum and we have deliberately scheduled the closure for after half-term, when we are running our popular children’s events on the Tuesday and Thursday.

‘We have also confined the work to weekdays, so we can ensure it’s business as usual at weekends.’

Access to the grounds outside the Victorian Fort will remains unaffected – visitors will still be able to walk around the dry moat surrounding the museum, access the grassed area and enjoy the views over Portsmouth Harbour.

This is the only planned closure of the fort during its redevelopment, which is part-funded by a grant of nearly £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project is due to complete this summer and will see the fort transformed, complete with a new glass-sided gallery, visitor centre, classroom-of-the-future and a larger car parking area.