Stunning Displays at Fort Nothe

The Fort has some 70 rooms over half of which contain displays which tell the exciting story of the Nothe Peninsula and the Fort, how and why it was built, the soldiers who lived in it and its guns.

Several rooms are devoted to showing what life was like for the citizens of Weymouth during WW2.

These displays are lively and interesting, making use of full-size tableaux, models and dioramas, photographs and items from the collection. Many of the models and tableaux are activated and accompanied by sound.

The Fort has its own special team of skilled model makers and the very many models of buildings, events, military vehicles, and ships are highly acclaimed.

The Events

The courtyard of the Fort is a natural Arena for events which are staged throughout the summer and include:

  • Military festivals featuring re-enactment groups.
  • Living history performed by the Fort’s own re-enactors – The Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteers.
  • Concerts.
  • Drama.
  • Car and military vehicle rallies.

and touring exhibitions in the Exhibition Room.

Booking the Fort for an event:- Please contact The Secretary of the Nothe Fort Committee via the Fort or on 01105 451367.

Further Learning

NVQs recognize the practical skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively. They are suitable for both new recruits and experienced employees and consist of a number of units, each of which represents a specific area of work.

Individuals complete units at their own pace in their workplace through on the job assessment with support and guidance from an Assessor.

The South and West Cultural Assessment Centre offers:-

  • On-the-job training with optional workshops
  • Comprehensive training specific to the sector
  • Flexible study arrangements
  • Whole course or individual units

NVQs in Museum and Heritage Studies

Cultural Heritage National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) offer individuals and organizations a structured but flexible approach to training, development and career progression.

 The four qualifications are based on the day to day demands of working in the culture and heritage sector and have been developed by people working in museums, galleries, stately homes and other heritage sites throughout the country.

They not only qualified people in their chosen profession but also help to improve the efficiency and skill levels of the candidate’s organization.

Routes are available for occupational groups such as curators, educators, conservators and front of house staff. There are also clear progression routes between the Qualifications.

 Achievement of the NVQ provides the opportunity for individuals to demonstrate that they work consistently to a national standard recognized by the sector. They also indicate that an organization is committed to developing its staff and maintaining quality.

Level 2

This qualification gives warders, attendants, assistants, volunteers, and part-time staff the opportunity to have their skills recognized and gives a thorough grounding in heritage and dealing with visitors.

To achieve this qualification candidates must complete units in the following subjects – provide general assistance to visitors, monitor the security and environment of items, implement emergency procedures to maintain the safety of people and items, contribute to the care of the premises and assist the work of colleagues in the organisation  and a choice of relevant optional units.

Level 3

The qualification allows individuals to begin to specialize and provides flexibility for career progression toward the Level 4 NVQ.

The candidate must complete mandatory units relating to customer service, health and safety, and communication and personal development, a specialist route from a choice of conservation education and interpretation, curatorial and technical, and other units from a wide choice of relevant options.

Level 4

At this level, there is a dedicated route for education and interpretation specialists. 

All candidates must complete a group of mandatory units covering research, project management, health and safety, communication and personal development, and financial management, a specialist route from a choice of conservation education and interpretation, and curatorial plus optional units from a selection relating to management or public relations functions (i.e implementing a business plan or developing a PR strategy).

Level 5

Managers place the conservation and preservation of the heritage at the centre of their work and this qualification has been designed to meet their specific needs and build on their general management skills.

All candidates must complete mandatory units covering business planning, representing the organisation to stakeholders and policymakers, securing funding, communication and personal development, health and safety, developing teams, decision making, financial management and developing a strategy for the organisation, and optional units from a selection which includes disaster planning, the control of health and safety risks, research, project management and public relations.