Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust PRDHT is a registered charity which aims to promote research into the history and industrial archaeology of the Royal Dockyard.

EMPLOYMENT RECORDSDespite the current pandemic, three of our stalwart volunteers have continued to provide this fascinat...
20/06/2020

EMPLOYMENT RECORDS

Despite the current pandemic, three of our stalwart volunteers have continued to provide this fascinating service. Thank you to Eileen, Dave and Mike for their Stirling efforts.

Click this link https://portsmouthdockyard.org.uk/employment-records
You will be directed to the Search Employment page (see photo).
Complete the search fields - Name & Surname then click Submit.
Our database holds details of several hundred thousand names. Hence very frequently the results may deliver several people of the same name. Knowing the individuals middle name, occupation/trade, or relevant dates may well help you identify the person that you’re looking for once the results page displays

PRDHT holds an (incomplete) set of original Dockyard Registers of Employment - our amazing hand written Rate Books. These contain details of employees who worked in the Dockyard itself, or in Admiralty Establishments in the Portsmouth area, some even further afield. Recorded dates range from 1862 to 1966. In 1966 the system changed from written ledgers to punch cards. Unfortunately in the late 1990s the cards were sent to the civilian records archive at Llangennech (which closed over 10 years ago). Sadly their current whereabouts are unknown.

ORDER FOR A MORE COMPLETE RECORD
To order a copy of the full employment record, click on the Name whose records you wish to order and complete the form that will appear.
Please ensure that you enter your full name.
Upon receipt of your correctly completed form, we will contact you by e-mail, asking for a donation of £15 in respect of each record requested. You will also be invited to Gift Aid any donation to help it go further. Do not send any money until we have responded to your enquiry.

Please note that we do not supply records for persons who are still alive without their written permission.

It never ceases to amaze me - the enthusiasm that our guests have for the Dockyard and for PRDHT's exhibits and anecdote...
05/03/2020

It never ceases to amaze me - the enthusiasm that our guests have for the Dockyard and for PRDHT's exhibits and anecdotes.
Thank you to BAE Systems Maritime Services Head of Safety Health & Environment (SHE) Brad Hicks & Andy Clark.
Great pleasure to host your visit.

05/03/2020

Many congratulations to Dr. Melanie Bassett @melanie_bassett for having been elected onto the Board of Trustees of Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust @PRDHT group. Mel will be a huge asset.

Remembering Brian Patterson, the driving force behind the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust and the Fort Cumber...
28/02/2020

Remembering Brian Patterson, the driving force behind the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust and the Fort Cumberland Guard.

Almost a quarter of a millennium - Dockyard service. Mick Halliday,  Rich Cade, Dave Burnett, Mike Huitson Roger Bohea
27/02/2020

Almost a quarter of a millennium - Dockyard service.
Mick Halliday, Rich Cade, Dave Burnett, Mike Huitson Roger Bohea

Thanks to Andy, Sarah and Kerry for visiting PRDHT yesterday. Your kind comments are much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed ...
14/02/2020

Thanks to Andy, Sarah and Kerry for visiting PRDHT yesterday.
Your kind comments are much appreciated.
Glad you enjoyed the morning - so did we!

What a week! Here are the rest of PRDHT’s visitors during National Apprentice Week 2020.
07/02/2020

What a week!
Here are the rest of PRDHT’s visitors during National Apprentice Week 2020.

Continuing this weeks support of National Apprentice Week 2020, PRDHT hosted more BAE Systems apprentices and their mana...
07/02/2020

Continuing this weeks support of National Apprentice Week 2020, PRDHT hosted more BAE Systems apprentices and their manager Matt Hymers.
Great to see the support continued with a visit to The Trust by BAE Systems Maritime Services Head of Operations - Paul Scantlebury, Capability Lead - Glenn Turnbull and Head of Early Careers and Skills - Matt Gordon pictured with our Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Dennis Miles.

In support of National Apprentice Week 2020, volunteers from the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust have been ho...
05/02/2020

In support of National Apprentice Week 2020, volunteers from the Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust have been hosting BAE Systems apprentices providing them, their managers and mentors with an insight into an apprenticeship of yesteryear!

The Trust welcomed Ausra Vaisvilaite today. Myself and Mick Halliday (pictured) showed Ausra round some of our vast coll...
30/01/2020

The Trust welcomed Ausra Vaisvilaite today. Myself and Mick Halliday (pictured) showed Ausra round some of our vast collection of artefacts.

When matches were not allowed in the Dockyard! Extract from one of our Rate Books. What a bad boy!
30/01/2020

When matches were not allowed in the Dockyard!
Extract from one of our Rate Books. What a bad boy!

It was a pleasure for the Trust to host a visit from BAE Systems Laura Clarke and Rick Bolger. We located Rick's fathers...
23/01/2020

It was a pleasure for the Trust to host a visit from BAE Systems Laura Clarke and Rick Bolger.
We located Rick's fathers employment records in one of our superb Rate Books.
Rick is pictured reading the Rate Book entry for his dad.

03/01/2020

Happy 2020 from the PRDHT Volunteers

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust's cover photo
03/01/2020

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust's cover photo

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust
22/12/2019

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust

Happy Christmas from all at PRDHT
22/12/2019

Happy Christmas from all at PRDHT

Super turnout for the PRDHT Volunteer Support Groups 2019 Christmas lunch held at the Royal Maritime Club. All superbly ...
08/12/2019

Super turnout for the PRDHT Volunteer Support Groups 2019 Christmas lunch held at the Royal Maritime Club. All superbly organised by Geoff Johnson (pictured).

05/12/2019

New cover photo of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Queen Elizabeth taken by Dave Baird

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust's cover photo
05/12/2019

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust's cover photo

PRDHT Vice Chairman Grahame Willcocks had the privilege of presenting the “Most Improved Student” award to Jenni at yest...
22/11/2019

PRDHT Vice Chairman Grahame Willcocks had the privilege of presenting the “Most Improved Student” award to Jenni at yesterday’s International Boatbuilding Training College Portsmouth prize giving ceremony here in the Dockyard.

Group picture: Jenni with other award recipients along with Grahame (front row 2nd from the right) & members of the Society for Nautical Research (South).

Huge pleasure to show the team from HMS Sultan Dental Unit our exhibits in No 7 Boathouse and Storehouse 10 this afterno...
21/11/2019

Huge pleasure to show the team from HMS Sultan Dental Unit our exhibits in No 7 Boathouse and Storehouse 10 this afternoon.

Pictured (wearing the woolly hat) in the group is Rachel - daughter of PRDHT Historian Archie Malley (far right). Chairman Nigel Linger (far left).

Thank you Grant for your kind donation of a fascinating “Hurt Book” and a mass of technical drawings. Nice to be able to...
21/11/2019

Thank you Grant for your kind donation of a fascinating “Hurt Book” and a mass of technical drawings.
Nice to be able to show your round Storehouse 10 this morning.
Pictured: PRDHT volunteer Connie Francis with Grant (from 20 Store).

Many thanks to Jenny who drove to Portsmouth from Cirencester yesterday so as to personally deliver her late fathers Doc...
17/11/2019

Many thanks to Jenny who drove to Portsmouth from Cirencester yesterday so as to personally deliver her late fathers Dockyard effects which she has kindly donated to PRDHT.

It was a great opportunity to give Jenny a tour of No 7 Boathouse and Storehouse 10. She was delighted to be shown not only her fathers employment history record from our Rate Books but her Grandfathers too.

The icing on the cake was for her to watch the long awaited arrival of HMS Prince of Wales.

Jenny is pictured with PRDHT volunteers in front of our Solomon Selby clock

It was a huge pleasure for PRDHT members to welcome Naval Base Commander - Commodore Jeremy Bailey who was shown round e...
14/11/2019

It was a huge pleasure for PRDHT members to welcome Naval Base Commander - Commodore Jeremy Bailey who was shown round exhibits in No 7 Boathouse and Storehouse 10.

Timeline Photos
19/02/2017

Timeline Photos

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust's cover photo
05/12/2014

Portsmouth Royal Dockyard Historical Trust's cover photo

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I wonder if any one else on here has a ancestor who worked at Priddys Hard. My grandad worked there from 1918 to 1943.