Portsmouth City Museum

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Portsmouth Revisited II is now open! Why not pop along and see some of our great 20th century paintings of Portsmouth.Th...
21/09/2020

Portsmouth Revisited II is now open! Why not pop along and see some of our great 20th century paintings of Portsmouth.

This free exhibition shows a history of Portsmouth through the eyes of artists who have lived and worked here from 1900 to present day. Discover more at https://bit.ly/3muUvZB

19/09/2020
Archaeology Highlights, Our Favourite Things 2

In the second of our short videos looking at finds that we think stand out from the collection including finds from Southwick Hill crossroads and a rather lovely piece of stone!

17/09/2020
Archaeology Highlights 2, The Gable Head Hoard

Find out more about this stunning Bronze Age hoard with Jennifer Macey, our Historic Environment Record officer as part of our Heritage Open Days series of videos #PortsmouthHODs #HeritageOpenDays

15/09/2020

In the second of our short videos looking at finds that we think stand out from the collection including finds from Southwick Hill crossroads and a rather lovely piece of stone!

15/09/2020

Find out more about this stunning Bronze Age hoard with Jennifer Macey, our Historic Environment Record officer as part of our Heritage Open Days series of videos #PortsmouthHODs #HeritageOpenDays

14/09/2020
Archaeology Highlights, Our Favourite Things 1

Join us on our news feed for a video, second in our series for Heritage Open Days 2020 focusing on highlights from our collection. This one looks at the some of the finds we like most including a roof finial and a glass blob...yes you heard right! #PortsmouthHODS

14/09/2020
Virtual tour of the decorative art collection

Our curator of art, Susan Ward, takes you on a virtual tour of the decorative art gallery and store as part of our continuing Heritage Open Days programme #PortsmouthHODs #HeritageOpenDays

14/09/2020

Our curator of art, Susan Ward, takes you on a virtual tour of the decorative art gallery and store as part of our continuing Heritage Open Days programme #PortsmouthHODs #HeritageOpenDays

12/09/2020
Archaeology Highlights, Heritage Open Days 2020

Kicking off our series of short videos focusing on highlights from our collection is a quick look at the Oyster Street excavations that took place in Old Portsmouth in the late 1960s and early 1970s #PortsmouthHODS

09/09/2020
Portsmouth City Council

Looking forward to all the events for #PortsmouthHODs #HeritageOpenDays goes virtual! You will find out about our archaeology and decorative art collections, look forward to seeing you there.

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from Portsmouth City Council. Click 'REPORT' on our website to tell us about issues (available 24/7) or message us Monday to Friday between 9am-4pm. Page is not monitored at the weekend.

Portsmouth City Museum's cover photo
07/09/2020

Portsmouth City Museum's cover photo

Really excited to be part of Portsmouth city council Heritage Open Days events programme!All our events are virtual this...
07/09/2020

Really excited to be part of Portsmouth city council Heritage Open Days events programme!

All our events are virtual this year, watch out for our short videos about some of the archaeology archives we hold in the collections and some of favourite finds...including the glass blob! #PortsmouthHODs

Want to know more about the hidden history of Portsmouth? On Friday, we're launching a series of virtual tours of some of the most interesting historical places in our city.

We’ll be exploring Portsmouth City Museum art gallery, Portsmouth Historic Environment Record's archaeology collection, The D-Day Story's overlord embroidery, The Hotwalls Studios, The Lord Mayor (Rob Wood - Lord Mayor of Portsmouth's) Parlour and more, as part of Heritage Open Days 2020.

Visit our Events pages for more information and timings https://www.facebook.com/pg/Portsmouthcitycouncil/events

Great to see artist John Green in the gallery yesterday...
29/08/2020

Great to see artist John Green in the gallery yesterday...

27/08/2020
In conversation with Pete Codling Part II

Susan Ward, curator of art, continues her discussion with local artist Pete Codling. This conversation continues the focus on drawing. Pete talks about the Soup of Souls commission shown at Portsmouth cathedral last year and his latest piece 'Ye Plagues of Southsea' currently on show here at the museum in our latest exhibition 'Portsmouth Revisited II'

27/08/2020

Susan Ward, curator of art, continues her discussion with local artist Pete Codling. This conversation continues the focus on drawing. Pete talks about the Soup of Souls commission shown at Portsmouth cathedral last year and his latest piece 'Ye Plagues of Southsea' currently on show here at the museum in our latest exhibition 'Portsmouth Revisited II'

20/08/2020
In conversation with Pete Codling

Join Susan Ward, our curator of art in conversation with artist Pete Codling, in this first part Pete talks about inspiration, keeping busy and drawing

19/08/2020

Join Susan Ward, our curator of art in conversation with artist Pete Codling, in this first part Pete talks about inspiration, keeping busy and drawing

Today is the 75th anniversary of VJ day which effectively marked the end of the Second World War.Like VE day earlier in ...
15/08/2020

Today is the 75th anniversary of VJ day which effectively marked the end of the Second World War.

Like VE day earlier in 1945 the event was celebrated with street parties across Portsmouth. Lots of people turned out in Milford Street, Landport to mark the occasion.

We're open! We've missed you and can't wait to see you, what a glorious day to be able to open our doors.
12/08/2020

We're open! We've missed you and can't wait to see you, what a glorious day to be able to open our doors.

Curator's Choice... 'we are so pleased to finally welcome our visitors back to the museum today. Lots of things have cha...
12/08/2020

Curator's Choice... 'we are so pleased to finally welcome our visitors back to the museum today. Lots of things have changed but we are still here and we have missed you. On a personal note I am so proud of the whole museum team for working tirelessly behind the scenes for the last five months looking after the collections, giving the museum a little re-vamp, overseeing major electrical works, launching the on-line shop and connecting with our visitors through social media. What an amazing team.
We have also been working on the new exhibition titled 'Portsmouth revisited II' which is open today... it is a mixture of the historic and contemporary and celebrates the resilience and steadfastness of our city. The attached shows work by three contemporary artists Taha Afshar, John Maine RA and Alice Kettle and is my choice of the day... Taha's landscape looking across to Portsmouth from Hayling was inspired by JMW Turner, the stone maquette by John Maine is a prototype for the much larger sculptures that are dotted along the Portsmouth coastline, and the canon balls by Alice Kettle have transformed an object of destruction into balls of yarn... The exhibition has something for everyone and includes work by Edward King, Karl Rudziak, Jackie West, John Green, Derek Boshier and Pete Codling'. Susan Ward Curator of Art

Phew, what a scorcher in Portsmouth today! Warm days at the seaside, what could be nicer and surely it wouldn't be compl...
11/08/2020

Phew, what a scorcher in Portsmouth today!

Warm days at the seaside, what could be nicer and surely it wouldn't be complete without an ice cream. We have moved our fabulous Walls ice cream bicycle as part of our re-opening preparations. What we now have is a lovely blank wall and we would like you to help us with it.

Share with us your Portsmouth seaside photographs and if they include ice cream, even better! They can be any date, even this summer. If you are happy for us to do so, we will create panels to go behind the bicycle featuring your photographs.

You can contact us at [email protected]! Images need to be jpeg format and a good size for reproduction, you don't want to be blurry!

It's official, we will be re-opening on Wednesday 12th August and we are super excited! Can't wait to welcome you back. ...
10/08/2020

It's official, we will be re-opening on Wednesday 12th August and we are super excited! Can't wait to welcome you back.

We have worked really hard to open as soon as we can. For now the second floor will remain closed as we are still having some work done and there may be a little noise for which we apologise.

We have a new exhibition on the ground floor for you to enjoy, Portsmouth Revisited II. As you would expect some things will be a little different and some the same. Visit our FAQs page for all your questions about visiting the museum and Covid 19 http://ow.ly/QJ9L50AVfJ6 and please ask if you have any concerns.

As promised, more information about our next People's Gallery theme and entry details.Portraits is our next theme, a gre...
06/08/2020

As promised, more information about our next People's Gallery theme and entry details.

Portraits is our next theme, a great one for all the family! We would love to see your artwork of family members or perhaps have a go at doing your own portrait in a Picasso style. It could be a collage, a drawing, detailed to really try and capture someone's face or maybe something just for fun. We want to see them all!

You can enter up to the 21st September and the online exhibition will go live on 24th September.

There will be three categories this time: category 1 for the under 10s, category 2 for 11-18 and category 3 for 18+

Don't forget to check out the latest work in the People's Gallery over on our website, the current theme is 'A Few of My...
04/08/2020

Don't forget to check out the latest work in the People's Gallery over on our website, the current theme is 'A Few of My Favourite Things' and they will be on display until September. Details of the next theme and dates will follow shortly! http://ow.ly/8oSY50AQ2Vs

Windy day today in Portsmouth and what better day to take a look at the weather vane on one of our amazing building's tu...
27/07/2020

Windy day today in Portsmouth and what better day to take a look at the weather vane on one of our amazing building's turrets!

Hats off to the cherry picker team for braving the elements and taking some great shots of the views from up there, great to get a look at the museum from a different angle.

Today we are marking 116 years since Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum opened to the public as part of our 125 year cele...
22/07/2020

Today we are marking 116 years since Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum opened to the public as part of our 125 year celebrations.

At a meeting on the 22nd June 1904 the Museums sub-committee decided to set the opening date for the 22nd July and asked the curator, Mr Saunders to make the arrangements. Several months had been spent preparing the museum for visitors, including acquiring pictures and objects and cases (which cost £11.00 each).

The occasion was reported extensively in the Portsmouth Evening News for that day; it was also the same day that the foundation stone for the Technical Institute was laid. You can see the full article on the British Newspaper Archive http://ow.ly/wRCL50AETeo

Morning everyone! You might notice the view has changed, some of us are returning to the building to prepare for reopeni...
21/07/2020

Morning everyone! You might notice the view has changed, some of us are returning to the building to prepare for reopening. We start hanging a new display today for you to enjoy when we can welcome you back.

Today's featured watercolour for World Watercolour Month is a portrait. This is a local gentleman named William Watkins ...
20/07/2020

Today's featured watercolour for World Watercolour Month is a portrait. This is a local gentleman named William Watkins who was a pilot and we are not talking flying here!

Maritime pilots are navigational experts who have in depth knowledge of a particular area of sea of other waterway. This knowledge can include information such as how deep the waters are, currents and any hazards like wrecks or sand bars. They are also usually experts in handling ships.

This portrait was painted in 1843.

Watercolours have been used to capture some of the best early views of Portsmouth like this one. This shows the top of t...
16/07/2020

Watercolours have been used to capture some of the best early views of Portsmouth like this one.

This shows the top of the High Street in about 1820 with a stage coach just heading down towards one of the coaching inns. The green area in the foreground with a guard on duty is part of the fortification known as Town Mount.

We are not quite ready to open yet! We are carrying out some essential building maintenance including  having some wirin...
16/07/2020

We are not quite ready to open yet! We are carrying out some essential building maintenance including having some wiring done.

We are also working hard to prepare our galleries and other spaces so that we can re-open safely as soon as possible. As soon as we have a definite date we will let you know. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you back.

15/07/2020
Interview with Karl Rudziak

Susan Ward, our curator of art, interviews Karl Rudziak, local artist about working in lockdown and what makes a good portrait

More postcards from Portsmouth and this one seems to be saying 'visit our fine farriers and estate agents'!Seriously tho...
14/07/2020

More postcards from Portsmouth and this one seems to be saying 'visit our fine farriers and estate agents'!

Seriously though, this is a wonderful view of London Road in 1906 and shows one of the trades that would gradually vanish from the city over the following years. That is also true of the businesses that were making and maintaining carts and carriages which we will be looking at in more detail soon.

In conversation with... as part of an ongoing series of interviews this week we caught up with artist Karl Rudziak in hi...
13/07/2020

In conversation with... as part of an ongoing series of interviews this week we caught up with artist Karl Rudziak in his studio to discuss his work and the challenges of being an artist during lockdown. Interviewed by Susan Ward Curator of Art at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery.

Don't miss the video which will go out on Wednesday 15th July 7pm on the Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery page

Image: © Moses by Karl Rudziak

80 years ago today and at this time, the first air raid on Portsmouth of the Second World War took place.The raid caused...
11/07/2020

80 years ago today and at this time, the first air raid on Portsmouth of the Second World War took place.

The raid caused damage in the Kingston Crescent area; the Drayton Road School First Aid Post was hit and the Rudmore gasholder damaged. 18 people were killed and 80 injured. This was the damage caused in Farlington Road.

In the coming months we will trace the course of Portsmouth's Blitz as we reach the 80th anniversary of this event that had such a dramatic effect on the city #Blitz80

In our exploration of watercolours landscapes were bound to feature eventually, so we thought something local would be n...
11/07/2020

In our exploration of watercolours landscapes were bound to feature eventually, so we thought something local would be nice. We have posted some watercolours by C.R. Cotton before which were done 'on the spot' and each comes with a caption by the artist.

This is Rowlands Castle, sure some of you will have recognised it, the caption reads 'The Village of Rowland's Castle, once famous for a very large cattle fair held here twice a year in May and Nov. but has long since been done away with. There is one person, however, a Mrs Lewis from Stockheath who up to this time always erects a stall here on the green opposite the Fountain Inn for the sale of her gingerbread nuts and cc in memory of the fairs. The Village of late has been somewhat improved by the building of a brewery, stabling for horses, and an Assembly room, which latter attracts a vast number of pleasure parties in the summer season to this place chiefly from Portsmouth. During the past year 1862 there were at least 10,000 persons including a number of schools bought into the Village by railway and other conveyances.'

Must have made Rowlands Castle very busy by the sound of it! #WorldWatercolorMonth

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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 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:30
Thursday 10:00 - 17:30
Friday 10:00 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:30
Sunday 10:00 - 17:30

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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?
just had a thought , i remember someone saying there was a police station on the corner of lake road. some where along where the Pub used to be . next to the old portsmouth building school / radio victory and the undertakers Barrells ? .... them lampposts look like Police ones to me maybe 🤔
This is a real treasure for Portsmouth not only does it have a highly significant collection.but has put on some Excellent Exhibitions, will definitely visit this one
Hi does anyone know where the archaeological finds are kept these days? Especially finds from the past at Portsdowh Hill and Portchester Castle. Regards, Pam Gran
Morning all! Having recently moved into 1 Clarence Parade, Park House we're keen to find out more about it's history. Can anyone point us in the right direction? We've been to the city library and they're doing some digging for us. In Particular we're keen to find out more about the basement being filled in or covered over and about works that have taken place in the property since it was built. A build date would also be amazing to find! Also what was on the land before it was built. Thanks in advance.