Supergun is given a new home at Fort Nelson

TUNNEL VISION Royal Armouries curator of artillery Phil Magrath looks into a section of the Iraqi supergun
TUNNEL VISION Royal Armouries curator of artillery Phil Magrath looks into a section of the Iraqi supergun
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THE massive gun which will form the centrepiece of a revamped museum’s main exhibition has been moved to its new home.

Sections of one of the most infamous pieces of 20th century artillery – the Iraqi Supergun – now occupy a prime position in the new Voice of The Guns gallery at Fort Nelson.

If the supergun had ever been fully assembled it would have stretched 165 yards and been able to send projectiles into a low orbit.

The Royal Armouries Museum on Portsdown Hill holds two sections of the barrel, weighing in at 2.1 tonnes.

Engineers began working last week on moving 14 huge guns into the gallery ahead of the museum’s relaunch on August 6.

The museum’s £3.5m revamp also includes a new visitor centre, café, education centre and parking area.