Drawing in the Dark at Fort Nelson next Saturday - Friday, 1 October 2010
Venture into depths of Fort Nelson next Saturday (October 9) as the Royal Armouries celebrates The Big Draw – an annual initiative to encourage everybody to discover the delights of drawing.
Meet the Royal Armouries costumed guides, hear spooky stories in the deep underground tunnels and try your hand at Victorian artwork – illuminated by atmospheric lighting!
Run internationally by an independent charity, The Big Draw encourages drawing and creativity in museums across five continents and 20 countries. The event aims to offer unlimited scope for those who love to draw – and inspiration for those who think they can’t!
This is the first time the Royal Armouries has participated in the initiative, first launched in 2000.
The family event runs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday at the Royal Armouries Museum, on Portsdown Hill. No need to book – just drop in! Story times start at 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm and 2.15pm.
The Royal Armouries in Fareham, houses the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum has one of the world’s finest collections, with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years. The collection originated from HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.
Museum admission is free but a small charge applies to some optional activities. For details of all forthcoming events visit the website at www.royalarmouries.org
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Notes to editors
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson houses the national collection of historic cannon and big guns. The museum houses one of the world’s finest collections with over 350 cannon dating back over 600 years. The collection originated at HM Tower of London and has been on display in Hampshire since 1995.
- The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson also tells the story of the Palmerston Forts, built to protect Portsmouth from a feared French invasion in the 1860’s.
- Every day, visitors can see one of the big guns fired in salute, watch our resident actors bring to life characters from 1,000 years of history, explore secret underground tunnels and enjoy incredible views from the ramparts. An extensive programme of special event spectaculars takes place throughout the year.
- Fort Nelson is open every day except 24-26 December. April to October 10am –5pm (Wed 11am-5pm), November – March 10.30am – 4pm (Wed 11.30-4pm).
- Admission to the Royal Armouries is FREE.
- Admission charges apply to some events.
- Information line: 01329 233734
- Website: www.royalarmouries.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour with sites at Fort Nelson, Leeds, HM Tower of London and Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- The Royal Armouries Museum should not be confused with Royal Armouries International plc, the private sector corporate hospitality business.