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A high-quality printed and bound souvenir guide book about Shoreham Fort aimed at all ages, covering it's past, present and future.
A high-quality printed and bound souvenir guide book about Shoreham Fort aimed at all ages, covering it's past, present and future.
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About Shoreham Fort

Shoreham Fort was built in 1857 to defend against a threat from the French emperor Napoleon III. The Fort was used during both World War I, and II, and has also been used for other non-military purposes - it was once a film studio, and also a private residence. It is now a ruin thanks to years of neglect, until 2009, when the Friends of Shoreham Fort were formed and given permission to look after it.

Shoreham Fort from above
Shoreham Fort from above

About the project

We would like to produce a souvenir guide book that can be used to tell not only the history of the Fort, but it's complete story - from it's construction through to the modern day. Not only will the book cover the Fort, but also some of the surrounding area where relevant, for example, the WWI camp stationed in Shoreham. A brief tour of the Fort will also be included in the book, guiding you around the Fort teaching about the various aspects of the design and usage of it's unique features.

The book will be aimed at all age groups, so we will be working with local community art group Creative Waves. Some illustrations by Andy Gammon from the information boards around the fort will also be used.

One of the 5 information panels
One of the 5 information panels

The final product will be a 36 page printed and bound high quality book, that can be re-printed and sold to raise funds to help maintain the Fort. The funds raised by this kickstarter will be used to fund the design and an initial print run - which is then sent to you, the backer.

Mockup of how the front cover could look
Mockup of how the front cover could look

Benefits of the project

Once the Kickstarter is complete, further print runs of the Guidebook will be sold at the Fort, on Volunteer days, Event days, and possibly also in local shops. Funds raised from the additional print runs will be used to help the ongoing maintenance of the Fort, paying for tools and materials, and help keep the Events running for free.

Research

There's a lot of research that we've gathered that can go in to this book - Gary Baines - the Chairman of the Friends of Shoreham Fort has been researching the Fort for the past 23 years and so has accumulated a vast base of knowledge about the site and the surrounding area. 

Gary giving a tour of Shoreham Fort
Gary giving a tour of Shoreham Fort

Chapter Titles

To give a flavour of the book (and also to indicate the scope and breadth of this work), here are the provisional page headings:

  • Welcome
  • The Terreplein
  • Artillary
  • Shell Recesses
  • Magazines
  • Defending the Wall
  • Who manned the Fort?
  • The Nissen Hut
  • Palmerston Forts
  • Building the Fort
  • Film Studio
  • The Great War
  • Private Residence
  • World War II
  • The Royal Sussex
  • Friends of Shoreham Fort
Military History Weekend, 2016
Military History Weekend, 2016

 

Risks and challenges

The main risk with this project, is our available time - We're all volunteers at Shoreham Fort. Whilst we always endeavour to complete things on time other more important things do have to be dealt with. Rest assured, any hold ups will be dealt with asap, and communicated to our backers.

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