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Join us in the summer for a day of fun, photography and action with the Kings German Artillery Napoleonic battle re-enactment group at Fort Amherst! This fantastic military group of soldier re-enactors will be doing drills and live firing of blanks around the Fort so that we have the opportunity to capture unique and eye catching imagery with smoke and sparks. There will be musket and canon firing with blanks to create the authentic atmosphere of battle, but beware ear plugs are recommended for the cannon if you are sensitive to loud sounds! As well as capturing the drama and action scenes of the battlefield we will also have the opportunity to take up close portraits of the soldiers around this fascinating site which includes ancient tunnels with lovely natural light and authentic old barracks! This promises to be an action packed day full of unique photography opportunities in a historic setting, so join us as we take you back in time to the days when the Napoleonic wars were raging around Europe.
Fort Amherst’s main purpose was the defence of Chatham Dockyard from a landward attack by an invading army. With nearly two miles of ramparts, gun positions, barracks and underground works it was a formidable obstacle! Early records indicate a settlement here as far back as the Stone Age over 3,000 years ago! Evidence of Prehistoric, Roman, Jutish and Saxon activity was found during the building of the Chatham Lines and Fort Amherst. Part of the site included a chalk pit with caves. These caves were extended between 1776 and 1805, creating underground tunnels and gun positions that would be well protected in the event of a siege – and allow the enemy to be fired on without being seen. The fort was also used in both WW1 and WW11 and the tunnels became a civil defence control centre, and a military anti-invasion HQ during the second world war.
Timings are 10:00 - 16:00, there are toilets, an on site cafe (open from 09:30) plus free parking- please ensure you register your car registration number at the Fort cafe on arrival.
- Spare batteries
- Lense cloths
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
- All levels welcome
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