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Out and about this week? Why not pop in to the museum and catch the last few days of the gorgeous Summer Jewels exhibiti...
16/06/2021

Out and about this week? Why not pop in to the museum and catch the last few days of the gorgeous Summer Jewels exhibition here at the museum.

Out and about this week? Why not pop in to the museum and catch the last few days of the gorgeous Summer Jewels exhibition here at the museum.

15/06/2021
Facing the Blitz: Reading a Portsmouth Air Raid Warden's Report on the 10/11 January 1941

Many people served bravely during the Portsmouth Blitz.

In this video Donna Pike reads a report of the raid of 10/11 January 1941 written by Leonard Boyce, who was an air raid warden in Portsea.

Donna works for Portsmouth City Council's Civil Contingencies Unit that would co-ordinate air raid precautions today if necessary.

#Blitz80 #Portsmouth #WWII #airraid #ARP

Portsmouth Museum and Art gallery has joined forces with ‘HistoryRiot’ to create an exciting museum based interactive ex...
15/06/2021

Portsmouth Museum and Art gallery has joined forces with ‘HistoryRiot’ to create an exciting museum based interactive experience and we need your help! We are looking for families to act as Museum ambassadors and be central to the development and evaluation of the project. So, if you are culture vultures or just love to share your opinion and make an impact then please read on!

What would we need from you?
We are looking for 10-15 families to become our core group of ambassadors. The commitment would involve two trips to the museum to partake in the development of the project:
- DURING – The first would be between the 21st June and 5th July to experience the draft version of the experience.
- AFTER/THE LAUNCH – You would be invited to the launch event of our finished project to coincide with the beginning of the school holidays. There will be prizes on offer for the best feedback and a chance for your work to be part of the museum exhibition itself.

How do I get in touch?
Please email Vicky Maitland at [email protected] to express your interest and be considered for this exciting opportunity. Please tell us a little about yourself and your family in your email.

What if I can’t get to the museum in these times?
Well, we still love to hear your point of view on what you are looking for in a day out at a Museum. If you could spare a moment to fill in our short survey then you could also win an £25 voucher of your choice. https://forms.office.com/r/Q7iAauwvVS

Today is World Oceans Day which celebrates our oceans and our connection to the sea.  Our new display, centred around an...
08/06/2021

Today is World Oceans Day which celebrates our oceans and our connection to the sea.

Our new display, centred around an immersive light and plastics installation designed by artist Trudi Lloyd Williams, highlights the effects of plastic pollution in the Solent. The exhibition explores themes which include endangered local species, the effects of plastic pollution, alternatives to plastics and some of the ways that plastic pollution is being tackled.

Today is World Oceans Day which celebrates our oceans and our connection to the sea.

Our new display, centred around an immersive light and plastics installation designed by artist Trudi Lloyd Williams, highlights the effects of plastic pollution in the Solent. The exhibition explores themes which include endangered local species, the effects of plastic pollution, alternatives to plastics and some of the ways that plastic pollution is being tackled.

We've been on location today!You can find out what we've been up to during the Festival of Archaeology in July. More det...
04/06/2021

We've been on location today!

You can find out what we've been up to during the Festival of Archaeology in July. More details to follow soon...
#Festivalofarchaeology

02/05/2021
Recollections of the Tunnel Air Raid Shelters, Portsmouth

In the second of two videos using oral history recordings held by Portsmouth History Centre, we hear recollections from some of those who used the tunnel air raid shelters under Portsdown Hill.

In 1941 two tunnel systems were dug approximately 100ft under Portsdown Hill, one at London Road Cosham and the other at Wymering chalk pit. The shelters opened in 1942 and could accommodate around 5,000 people.

#Blitz80 #Portsmouth #PortsdownHill #Cosham #Wymering #tunnel #airraidshelter #WWII

Photos from Portsmouth Historic Environment Record's post
02/05/2021

Photos from Portsmouth Historic Environment Record's post

01/05/2021
Recollections of Air Raid Shelters in the Portsmouth Blitz

During the Second World War the Luftwaffe dropped 1,320 high explosive bombs, 38 parachute mines and 38,000 incendiary bombs on Portsmouth.

930 people were killed by bombing, and 1,216 hospitalised. There were 1,581 air raid warnings (not all were actual attacks).

Air raid shelters were erected in back gardens, public areas, work places and at other sites around the city to try and offer some protection from the bombing.

In the first of two videos which use oral history recordings held by Portsmouth History Centre, we hear recollections of what it was like to use these shelters during the Portsmouth Blitz.

A second video looking at the tunnel shelters under Portsdown Hill will be posted tomorrow at 4.00pm.
#Blitz80 #Portsmouth #Airraidshelter #WWII

Are your children in receipt of free school meals? Portsmouth Museum are proud to be part of the Holiday Activities Fund...
28/03/2021

Are your children in receipt of free school meals? Portsmouth Museum are proud to be part of the Holiday Activities Fund in #Pompey. Discover ways to keep the kids entertained this Easter break and how to get a free food hamper with five lunches. Visit https://bit.ly/315BEux for more information

Are your children in receipt of free school meals? Portsmouth Museum are proud to be part of the Holiday Activities Fund in #Pompey. Discover ways to keep the kids entertained this Easter break and how to get a free food hamper with five lunches. Visit https://bit.ly/315BEux for more information

Not long until the school holidays.  Meet Buffalo Bill, as he explores food in Portsmouth as told through the exhibition...
26/03/2021

Not long until the school holidays. Meet Buffalo Bill, as he explores food in Portsmouth as told through the exhibitions in Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery.

See how the homes of people looked through the ages and how the city has always made the most of being beside the seaside. To book and find out more visit https://bit.ly/315BEux

Not long until the school holidays. Meet Buffalo Bill, as he explores food in Portsmouth as told through the exhibitions in Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery.

See how the homes of people looked through the ages and how the city has always made the most of being beside the seaside. To book and find out more visit https://bit.ly/315BEux

Some lovely photographs from our friends at Portsmouth History Centre
17/03/2021

Some lovely photographs from our friends at Portsmouth History Centre

Many Portsmouth people showed great bravery during the air raid of 10 March 1941. 15 year old Vernon Sellwood was one, a...
11/03/2021

Many Portsmouth people showed great bravery during the air raid of 10 March 1941. 15 year old Vernon Sellwood was one, and he was later awarded the British Empire Medal to recognise his courage.

He was a messenger with the Auxiliary Fire Service. Rather than just carrying messages (brave enough in itself) he helped fight the fires during the attack, even as bombs fell nearby. "I can stick it" he told the firemen he was serving alongside. He lived at Drayton, Portsmouth.

80 years ago Portsmouth suffered its second worst air raid of World War Two in which 93 people died and about 250 were i...
10/03/2021

80 years ago Portsmouth suffered its second worst air raid of World War Two in which 93 people died and about 250 were injured.
The air raid was the biggest (in tonnage of bombs) made on the UK since December 1940, and the 37th attack on Portsmouth to date. 238 German bomber aircraft attacked over nearly seven hours. Bombs fell all over Portsmouth but particularly in the southern half of the city.

The attacking aircraft dropped 193 tons of high explosive bombs. They also dropped over 46,000 incendiary bombs, each of which could start a major fire if not dealt with. In response 1,250 firemen were brought from the surrounding region to help fight fires in the city. This was one of many air attacks on the UK, together known as the Blitz.

We will be remembering that night's events as they happened on the Portsmouth City Museum @PortsCityMuseum and Portsmouth Library @PortsmouthReads twitter pages from 19.52PM. Our tweets are based on some of the actual messages sent to the headquarters of Portsmouth's air raid precautions (ARP) service. These informed the HQ of bomb damage and fires, and requested help from fire, rescue or medical services.

What happened in the two months between 10 January and 10 March 1941, the dates of the worst two air raids on Portsmouth...
09/03/2021

What happened in the two months between 10 January and 10 March 1941, the dates of the worst two air raids on Portsmouth? There were five more air attacks, mostly in early March. Some were small and caused no damage. Others were more serious.

In total seven people were killed, and several dozen wounded. Buildings were damaged in the Dockyard, Portsea, Southsea and Fratton.

The last of these attacks, on 9 March, was the 36th air raid on the city of the war up to that point. There had been many more alerts, when people had to take shelter as enemy aircraft flew over but did not attack. This imposed a great strain on local people.
#Blitz80 #Portsmouth

What happened in the two months between 10 January and 10 March 1941, the dates of the worst two air raids on Portsmouth? There were five more air attacks, mostly in early March. Some were small and caused no damage. Others were more serious.

In total seven people were killed, and several dozen wounded. Buildings were damaged in the Dockyard, Portsea, Southsea and Fratton.

The last of these attacks, on 9 March, was the 36th air raid on the city of the war up to that point. There had been many more alerts, when people had to take shelter as enemy aircraft flew over but did not attack. This imposed a great strain on local people.
#Blitz80 #Portsmouth

08/03/2021
International Women's Day

In recognition of International Womens' Day, Susan Ward Curator of Art met up with Marie Costa to discuss her life and work in Portsmouth...

On the night of 10-11 March 1941 Portsmouth suffered its second worst air raid of World War Two in which 93 people died ...
08/03/2021

On the night of 10-11 March 1941 Portsmouth suffered its second worst air raid of World War Two in which 93 people died and about 250 were injured. The air raid was the biggest (in tonnage of bombs) made on the UK since December 1940, and the 37th attack on Portsmouth to date.

Join us on the Portsmouth City Museum (@PortsCityMuseum) and Portsmouth Library (@PortsmouthReads) twitter pages this Wednesday evening where we will be remembering that night's events as they happened.

Our tweets will be based on some of the actual messages sent to the headquarters of Portsmouth's air raid precautions (ARP) service. These informed the HQ of bomb damage and fires, and requested help from fire, rescue or medical services.

Blitz 80 is a joint project by Portsmouth Museums and Portsmouth Library and Archive Service - both part of Portsmouth City Council @Portsmouthcitycouncil.
#Blitz80 #Portsmouth

Congratulations to our three winners of the 500 Pompey words creative writing competition. In 1st place was 'The Cargo' ...
01/03/2021

Congratulations to our three winners of the 500 Pompey words creative writing competition.

In 1st place was 'The Cargo' by Iona Perkins, aged 12. What a fantastic and imaginative story.
2nd place went to Chloe Martin, aged 16 for her 'Tormented Tower', inspired by the Spinnaker Tower. In 3rd place Crow Pietluch, aged 16 for the menacing tale of the 'Kraken'.

A special mention to Amelia Cornish, aged 12 years old for her poem titled 'Tentacles from the Deep', which was highly commended. Well done everyone.

The stories were all inspired by works of art from the Portsmouth Revisited II exhibition. The winning stories will be posted on the museum website this week and when the museum re-opens they will be framed and displayed as part of the Portsmouth Revisited II exhibition. We look forward to welcoming you back when we can.

Congratulations to our three winners of the 500 Pompey words creative writing competition.

In 1st place was 'The Cargo' by Iona Perkins, aged 12. What a fantastic and imaginative story.
2nd place went to Chloe Martin, aged 16 for her 'Tormented Tower', inspired by the Spinnaker Tower. In 3rd place Crow Pietluch, aged 16 for the menacing tale of the 'Kraken'.

A special mention to Amelia Cornish, aged 12 years old for her poem titled 'Tentacles from the Deep', which was highly commended. Well done everyone.

The stories were all inspired by works of art from the Portsmouth Revisited II exhibition. The winning stories will be posted on the museum website this week and when the museum re-opens they will be framed and displayed as part of the Portsmouth Revisited II exhibition. We look forward to welcoming you back when we can.

There is so much evidence all around us of how the Blitz affected our city
12/02/2021

There is so much evidence all around us of how the Blitz affected our city

Looking for something fun to do? Why not help add to a marine litter sculpture which is being installed in our museum as...
11/02/2021

Looking for something fun to do? Why not help add to a marine litter sculpture which is being installed in our museum as part of the 'Secrets of the Solent' project.

Watch artist Trudi Lloyd Williams and create a water droplet artwork made from materials found around the home https://bit.ly/3qbE8m4

Looking for something fun to do? Why not help add to a marine litter sculpture which is being installed in our museum as part of the 'Secrets of the Solent' project.

Watch artist Trudi Lloyd Williams and create a water droplet artwork made from materials found around the home https://bit.ly/3qbE8m4

It can feel a bit challenging to find lovely cards at the moment but never fear, the museum shop is here! There are some...
11/02/2021
Portsmouth Special Card bundle No.2 — Museum Shops

It can feel a bit challenging to find lovely cards at the moment but never fear, the museum shop is here!

There are some great card bundles available at the moment http://ow.ly/HURr50DwrEF This fun bundle of 6 cards has been curated by us to support culture in the city and features designs from the Bay Tree Gallery, Helena Symes, Emma Nicol and a Thomas Rowlandson cartoon. Why not check out the other card bundles on offer too.

Dinlo's, Dino's and Drinkers on the point.

10/02/2021
Introduction to Post-War Aerial Photo Mosaic Maps

There are a number of resources in the collections at Portsmouth History Centre and Portsmouth Museum that can be used to study the impact of the blitz on the city. In this video our Historic Environment Record Officer explores a set of aerial photograph mosaics of the city held by Portsmouth History Centre.

The mosaics were published by the Ordnance Survey, and were created using aerial photographs taken by the RAF in the late 1940s. They covered areas of the country that had been badly bomb damaged and were used to help plan post-war reconstruction work. The photos are incredibly informative and show Portsmouth as it appeared in the years immediately after the war. It is possible to see bombed areas, damaged buildings, evidence of wartime activity such anti-invasion defences and the start of post-war redevelopment work.

The History Centre is currently closed to researchers in line with government guidelines. It will be possible to arrange to view the mosaics once the History Centre reopens when restrictions have been lifted. A selection of oblique aerial photographs from the Historic England archive https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/archive/collections/aerial-photos/ can be viewed online at https://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/ #Blitz80 #Portsmouth

07/02/2021

Join Susan Ward for a behind the scenes tour of Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum to celebrate the author's birthday

You are all so good at identifying mysterious photographs, can anyone help with this one? We have been puzzling over it ...
03/02/2021

You are all so good at identifying mysterious photographs, can anyone help with this one? We have been puzzling over it but no closer to knowing where it is.

This photograph showing several SWS (Static Water Supply) signs in Portsmouth is held in the museum collection. A Static Water Tank can be seen on the right.

Can you help us identify the location?

#Blitz80 #Portsmouth #WWII

As well as the static water supplies there were also these pipes running through the streets during the Second World War...
30/01/2021

As well as the static water supplies there were also these pipes running through the streets during the Second World War, which were to carry seawater for fire fighting. The photograph shows some in Clarendon Road, Southsea.

As well as the static water supplies there were also these pipes running through the streets during the Second World War, which were to carry seawater for fire fighting. The photograph shows some in Clarendon Road, Southsea.

Several years ago the museum received a donation of paintings by local artist Jackie West. The works feature the fans an...
30/01/2021

Several years ago the museum received a donation of paintings by local artist Jackie West. The works feature the fans and staff at the Fratton Park football stadium attending various matches during the 2005/6 season. The artist was fascinated by spectatorship and the community spirit that many find in football.
The painting presented here depicts the Pompey v Fulham match that took place of Saturday 11th November 2006. There were 19,563 fans in attendance with Harry Redknapp at the helm. The match was a 1-1 draw.
It is a great example of modern life in Portsmouth and shows the inclusiveness and comradery of being a football fan regardless of background, sex or ethnicity. 'We are all different in our way, what makes us the same is that we like to watch the game' quote from Duke Harrison-Hunter (Equality and Diversity and Inclusion Lead/Pompey in the Community).
Almost life-size in scale, the painting is an observational study of people and their expressions. The vibrant yellow on the stewards' jacket along with the subtle touches of the blue creates a bright bustling effect while referencing the Pompey strip.
We would love to hear about your memories of this match, are you one of the people depicted? What do you miss about being there at Fratton Park?
We would love to hear about your memories of this match, are you one of the people depicted? What do you miss about being there at Fratton Park?

Supporting Portsmouth Black History http://porttowns.port.ac.uk/portsmouth-black-history-recovering-untold-stories-for-new-generations/

Several years ago the museum received a donation of paintings by local artist Jackie West. The works feature the fans and staff at the Fratton Park football stadium attending various matches during the 2005/6 season. The artist was fascinated by spectatorship and the community spirit that many find in football.
The painting presented here depicts the Pompey v Fulham match that took place of Saturday 11th November 2006. There were 19,563 fans in attendance with Harry Redknapp at the helm. The match was a 1-1 draw.
It is a great example of modern life in Portsmouth and shows the inclusiveness and comradery of being a football fan regardless of background, sex or ethnicity. 'We are all different in our way, what makes us the same is that we like to watch the game' quote from Duke Harrison-Hunter (Equality and Diversity and Inclusion Lead/Pompey in the Community).
Almost life-size in scale, the painting is an observational study of people and their expressions. The vibrant yellow on the stewards' jacket along with the subtle touches of the blue creates a bright bustling effect while referencing the Pompey strip.
We would love to hear about your memories of this match, are you one of the people depicted? What do you miss about being there at Fratton Park?
We would love to hear about your memories of this match, are you one of the people depicted? What do you miss about being there at Fratton Park?

Supporting Portsmouth Black History http://porttowns.port.ac.uk/portsmouth-black-history-recovering-untold-stories-for-new-generations/

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10 min walk from the City Centre and Portsmouth and Southsea train station.Free Parking in the Museum grounds, 6 days a week.

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Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5:30pm
Thursday 10am - 5:30pm
Friday 10am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10am - 5:30pm
Sunday 10am - 5:30pm

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Do we know what happened to this gaslamp that hung outside Herbert Bailey's Chemist shop in Broad Street? It was probably lost during the war but could it have been stored anywhere?
Broad street No. 70 Mr Herbert Bailey's chemist, is there any clear photos of this shop which had a huge gas lamp hanging from the wall and did the lamp glow a certain colour for a pharmacy? It would have been a very noticeable feature of Broad Street.
https://help-and-advice.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/forums/243704-newspapers-we-should-add-next/suggestions/6957595-more-of-the-portsmouth-evening-news Please give our local newspaper archives some support to save more of our local history online 🙏
I thought you might be interested to see this, yes I was there!
Hi, is there an update on re-opening please? Really miss this place!
There's two objects have been in the family a long time. They're only brass but always found them interesting. One looks a bit like the 'Free mart Fair' Hand but I now know would have once had a glass tube to hold a flower coming out of it. The other is a bell in the form of a Elizabethan woman, what made it fun was to make the noise she has two brass legs. Would you think Georgian as they liked brass? Neither valuable but old and loved.
In my job as archivist at the Kings theatre I have been doing some research on the Bluebell music hall which was situated in Gunwharf Road. It started life at the Bluebell inn in St Mary's Street Old Portsmouth. In 1878 it was destroyed when the soap works next door caught light but was rebuilt & became the South of England music hall. I wonder if there are any photographs of it as I have never seen one?
Tell them of us..the forgotton soldiers
Very interesting and staff just great .
https://vimeo.com/295274591 Might be of interest to the museum?