How An Historic Fort Is Helping Veterans Transition To Civilian Life



By Tim Cooper in Forces Network.


Veterans are being given the chance to restore part of a historic fort in Eastney, on the south-eastern tip of Portsmouth.

Built in the 1700s, Fort Cumberland was originally used to defend the Naval Base from a landward attack and stayed in military service until the 1970s.

Veterans are now being encouraged to restore and repurpose the semi-derelict casemate.

“Rather than just doing the restoration and then running the workshops, we thought, ‘why not making the restoration the workshop?'” says Steve Bomford, from Company of Makers.


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