The carriages supporting our Victorian guns were made in the early 1980s and are now badly corroded. Each one supports a gun weighing 12 tons, so it's vital that they're in a good, strong condition.
There isn’t a great demand for replica Victorian gun carriages. But we've found a local supplier who can make them for £48,000.
We've just started fundraising and £48,000 sounds like a lot of money.... it is a lot of money. Gun carriages aren’t something you can buy off the shelf; they have to be custom made. And the logistical challenges of lifting the guns off the old carriages on to the new, at a site where the only means of access is across a wooden bridge with a weight restriction, add to the expense. But we are sure with your help we can raise the money to give these guns the carriages they deserve.
...hit our target
- Buy a £1 raffle ticket at the Battery and the appeal will get £2
- Make a donation in one of our special collecting boxes
- Show your support by wearing our soldier appeal badge
- Hold a fundraising event for us
We've already raised over £9,000, which is great. Around £800 has been raised in the donation boxes on the parade ground and a further £1,300 from our soldier badges. We have also received three generous donations from the following:
- The Fortress Study Group
- Wight 10
- Isle of Wight Association of National Trust Members