The Royal Marines Museum in Southsea is opening up its grounds for a series of special tours to mark Armed Forces Day.
On Saturday June 26 2010, Museum Director Chris Newbery will conduct tours of the Museum's extensive grounds and the rarely seen Eastney Fort East complex.
The latter was built, along with Eastney Fort West, in the 1860s as part of the Palmerston Forts System to protect Portsmouth. Flanking Eastney Barracks (home of the Royal Marines Artillery) the fort is connectd by a long earth bank on the sea front and once held a varierty of powerful guns.
Restoration work has now begun on the important historic site (above), which still boasts some fine and distinctive examples of military architecture.
The tours take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm and are included in the admission price to the Museum, which is currently hosting the special exhibitions Griff - Thinker, Painter, Forger, Spy? and The Making of the Royal Marines Commando together with permanent displays and interactives.
"The Museum is rpoud to support Armed Forces Day," said Sandy Wilson the Museum's Marketing Manager, "the nation should never forget the contribution the Armed Forces make to society."
"Through our event visitors will be able to see for themselves how the Royal Marines have played a major role within the Armed Forces, whilst enjoying the fine grounds of the Museum at the same time."