WW1 Remembrance Centre

WW1 Remembrance Centre We are now open. Meeting the current guidlines for coronavirus. We ask visitors to please wear masks. We have two metre distance markings on the floor and sanitizing station on arrival.
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Currently all tours are guided and we ask for groups of 6 maximum. WW1 Remembrance Centre with display rooms and corridors with real artefacts and reproduction exhibits. Room with Walk thru' reconstruction trench system.Memorial Area plus other items. Re-opens July 1st 2017 in new home at PO3 5PJ .Always Remembered.

Mission: Promoting remembrance through education and commemoration to ensure we never forget the sacrifices made by past generations. The plan has been conceived and driven by local Historian and broadcaster, Charles Haskell

Temporarily closed

10/09/2020

Latest comments from visitors..
1/Really interesting museum- so well curated and full of interesting, lesser known stories. Well done to all the volunteers who have put so much care and thought into the Centre. (from Brighton)
2/I thoroughly enjoyed my tour. I didnt know this museum existed and I shall certainly spread the word and I shall certainly visit again. Thank you so much for the most interesting tour and the valuable information provided. Keep up your hard work which is very much appreciated.( from Portsmouth)
3/ Brilliant very interesting. Brilliant collection.( from Yeovil, Somerset)

30/08/2020

We are now open 6 days a week, closing on saturdays. Hours 11am-3pm. Please take note that we have in place the current guidelines for coronavirus. For more information please check the ww1 remembrance centre page.

27/12/2019

The volunteer staff here wish our friends and supporters a very happy and successful New Year .
Please note we shall be open to the public again on Jan 5th 2020. This allows us time to set up new displays. free entry and free parking.
We shall be training new volunteers to join existing teams in late January. Anyone with a few hours per week and wishing to join us please let me know here on FB or call us by phone.

12/08/2019

Please note our EXTRA hours ..... Mondays 6.30pm to 8.30pm starting 12/8/19.
Free entrance and parking.

10/08/2019

Delighted to announce our new evening extended hours on Mondays. 6.30pm to 8.30pm making it easier for workers and students to visit.
In addition to our normal weekly hours we are also opening on many but not all Saturdays. Check this page for regular weekly updates.

28/05/2019

Been really busy at the WW1 Remembrance Centre. Some more visitors comments :
1/Excellent - knowledgeable guide. Keep up the good work. ( from Portsmouth)
2/Very good stories you wouldnt of known normally. Fascinating and very well delivered.( from Chichester)
3/Deeply moved by the experience ( from Portsmouth
4/ Will mention this to our history manager at school ( Portsmouth )

24/05/2019

Some of the latest comments from visitors to the WW1 Remembrance Centre, Airport Service Rd, Portsmouth...
1/ Total respect! for all the work that has gone into your remembrance centre-long may you be able to highlight what has happened.(from Chichester)
2/Very interesting and informative. It is incredible what all the volunteers have achieved. Will visit again and recommend it to all our friends.( from North Baddesley)
3/Could not be any better.Very very good ( from Birmingham)
4/ Really interesting and informative. Would recommend this tour to anyone ( from Nottingham)

09/03/2019

Pleased to announce that the Fort Cumberland Guard are now based with us. Big welcome to them. Our building was built around 1860 which is about the year that the Guard represent . They will be doing various displays during the year.

24/11/2018

October and November 2018 have been tremendously busy months for us at the WW1 Remembrance Centre, Portsmouth,U.K.
Big ,big thanks to all the volunteers and supporters who rose to the challenge.
Also thanks to all the schools who visited not just from the Portsmouth area but from far afield. The behaviour of the pupils was truly excellent and from their comments it shows that the Remembrance will continue for generations to come.
Well done all. Charles.

11/11/2018

In honoured and loving memory of all who suffered in what became known as World War 1plus other conflicts since.
Always remembered for remembrance continues.

10/11/2018

very busy at WW1 Remembrance Centre today. well done to all staff and to the large number of visitors today some who shed tears.
tomorrow is a day of remembrance similar to every day for we Always remember.

17/10/2018

Good hectic day yesterday with 74 visitors to the WW1 Remembrance Centre. Brilliant effort by our volunteers .

14/10/2018

Brill day at WW1 Remembrance Centre as we were visited by the german re-enactors. Huge thanks to all members of public who attended despite poor weather. Lots of guns firing, mortars lobbing and grenades thrown. Loud bangs and plenty smoke. Big big thanks as always to the team of the WW1 Remembrance Centre who worked so hard with the hospitality side of things. Hopefully pics soon.

06/10/2018

As part of our Remembrance Events at the WW1 Remembrance Centre leading up to Nov 11th come and join us at Bastion 6, Airport Service Road , Portsmouth near Hilsea Railway station on Sunday 14 Oct for a display by re-enactors showing and talking about the German equipment, uniforms and tactics from the First World War. Afterwards visit the WW1 Remembrance Centre.Centre open from 11am to 5pm. All free.

Some latest comments re WW1 Remembrance Centre 1/Wonderful history lesson. Kids were fascinated.- Paulsgrove 2/Absolutel...
25/08/2018

Some latest comments re WW1 Remembrance Centre
1/Wonderful history lesson. Kids were fascinated.- Paulsgrove
2/Absolutely fascinating! Thank you for being so pasionate and bringinging this topic back to life! See you again - Stubbington
3/An amazing museum with lots to see. Had wonderful tour. Thanks again. Will be back - Southampton.

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Some latest visitors comments at the WW1 Remembrance Centre - 1/I have met some amazing people here. You are all doing a...
06/08/2018

Some latest visitors comments at the WW1 Remembrance Centre -
1/I have met some amazing people here. You are all doing a fantastic job in here. I loved to listen to all your stories. Hope to see you again - ITALY
2/ Great place so much to see and read. Myself and my 2 boys had a great time. Will be back - FAREHAM
3/Very informative and described regarding First World War very nicely - INDIA

WW1 Remembrance Centre comment - What a hidden gem, everyone young or old should come here to see and hear all the histo...
26/07/2018

WW1 Remembrance Centre comment - What a hidden gem, everyone young or old should come here to see and hear all the history collected in this unique setting. The knowledge that Charles shared with us as we walked around was absolutely outstanding and he really brought it to life. We will definately be returning. - Portsmouth

24/07/2018

Some of latest comments in visitor book at the Centre:
1/very interesting and the guides are very good and informed. Awesome experience and I'll be back for sure - Portsmouth
2/Very enjoyable. Great experience - Perth,Scotland
3a/Thank you for very informative visit and kind hospitality 3b/ Excellent museum, brilliant stories will be back - Royal Military Police
4/Very good enlightening visit - Andover
5/ Wow! this is a hidden gem. Thank you so much for sharing your passion - if we dont know our history we'll make same mistakes again.- Cambridge
6/ Blown away by the knowledge and information discovered here.Keep doing such a fantastic job.

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05/07/2018

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We are having an outing to the WW1 Museum this evening, beautiful weather and terrific company.

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05/07/2018

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An inspiring evening at the WW1 Remembrance Centre near Portsmouth. An excellent
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05/07/2018
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Our Master-Elect at the WW1 Remembrance Centre singing a song about the Christmas Truce of 1914

Welcome all, Our new Centre in Bastion 6, Airport Service Rd, Portsmouth UK PO3 5PJ continues to grow and develop. We ar...
25/06/2018

Welcome all, Our new Centre in Bastion 6, Airport Service Rd, Portsmouth UK PO3 5PJ continues to grow and develop. We are happy to receive copies or originals of documents or pictures from around the World from the years 1900 to 1929 for permanent display.They can be civilian not just military.
Admission is free and we are pet friendly ( elephants on leads please.) We exist to remember those that have gone before and to ensure the younger generation never forget the struggles and sacrifices made . Hope to see you in our Centre sometime. Thank you and ALWAYS REMEMBERED !

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02/06/2018
Soldier's 103-year-old chocolate found

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Nine chocolate bars found among a war hero's possessions are going up for auction.

28/04/2018

Some of latest visitors comments re the WW1 Centre -
1/Very fascinating! Keep up the good work. They will be remembered - Belgium
2/Very interesting. Thank you for preserving this history - Colombia
3/An inspirational Museum - Swanmore
4/Excellent. Great knowledge. Worth a visit - I'll be back and will recommend it to everyone I know. Please keep up the good work.Thank you - Hayling Island

01/04/2018

In loving and honoured memory of my Grandfather Charles Taylor plus several Uncles who 100 years ago today (1/4/18) were transferred from the Royal Flying Corps to the brand new Royal Air Force. Always Remembered !

31/03/2018

More recent visitors comments -
1/Really good to see history recreated of First World War for future generations. Quite impressed! ( local )
2/ lovely place great company. We loved everything and will be definitely back again. Well done with the place it looks amazing. ( Staffordshire)

14/02/2018

Some of the latest comments from visitors.Hope to see you soon and add yours -
1/fascinating amazing find.Thanks for informative tour. - Newbury
2/Very good displays.Very good tour.Will come again.Excellent knowledge - Somerset

24/01/2018

Some of latest comments re the WW1 Remembrance Centre -
1/Amazing Place. Great tour round exhibition by Mike and Bob.
2/ Very informative. Great stories from fantastic staff.
3/Completely fascinating.

03/01/2018

Good start to new year at the WW1 Remembrance Centre. Some of yesterdays comments from youngsters -
1/Full of great facts and great people. Thank you I'm going to get all "A"s on my history sats.
2/ Nearly as good as my computer war games.

08/12/2017

Comments from visitors:
1/Very interesting and motivating display/collection beautifully presented by dedicated, knowledgeable team. Thank you. - Canada
2/ Stumbled on this museum and detoured from my original journey. WOW! What a great surprise and right on my doorstep.Will definately be back.Great informative tour and talk.Thanks.- Anchorage Park,Portsmouth.
3/Best museum I've been in for a long time. Very good attention to detail and guided tour. Loved the detail and description. - Southsea
4/ A very moving experience all kids should come here so the memories will live on - Portchester

20/11/2017

What a week of Remembrance !! Me giving 7 talks and 2 full on days. Big big thanks to ALL who helped throughout the week. Special mention on music front to Army Cadet band superb as usual and to Janet and Francis for their lovely music yesterday at our Naval Memorial event at the WW1 Remembrance Centre.
ALWAYS REMEMBERED.

19/11/2017

Join us today at the WW1 Remembrance Centre to remember the Naval disaster of 23/12/1917 when 3 new R- Class destroyers sailed into a minefield in the North Sea.Plaque unveiling, music and remembrance at 3pm. Centre is open today from11am to closing about 5pm.
Free entry, Free Parking and well behaved dogs welcome.
( Centre is in Airport Service Road,very end of road, past Hilsea Rail station on left and BAE BroadOak works on right. )

Address

Bastion 6 , Airport Service Road
Portsmouth
PO35PJ

Hilsea Rail station is 5 min walk away

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00
Thursday 11:00 - 15:00
Friday 11:00 - 15:00
Sunday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

+442392798751

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Members of the Palmerston Forts Society visited the centre during the summer and very impressed by both the content and the location. Some news about us! The new Palmerston Forts Society and Portsdown Artillery Volunteers page is open for business. It will include information on members’ meetings and events, PAV activities and any news that comes in. Please visit the site and comment, like, follow and contribute. https://www.facebook.com/PalmerstonFortsSociety/ The old Palmerston Forts Society page has closed but we are transferring some of the content over.
Great Grandfather buried at the Guards Cemetery Les Boeufs
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POPPY DAY Poppy Day, should be every day, twenty four seven. It’s not just there, for November eleven. We will remember them. Rejoice in the freedom, given by sacrificial teens, when lads and lasses, lost their dreams. They gave everything for you today, so you can whinge and moan, in your tedious way. Offended by history, offended by superficiality, too much time for your-self, for you worry about triviality, egocentric health. Ghosts of the past are still with us, their spirits lives within us all. They fell and suffered the ultimate, when duty became their call. They marched into a deathly destiny, to save our souls and nation. To give us liberty and autonomy, but, yet our snowflake generation, are still offended. Is this the legacy? Just wait and see.
Page to Stage, Set in Stone. In memory of the fallen. Written by Julia Hartnett Directed by Barabra Hawkins. Starring Fay Wentworth and Steve Barnett
Yesterday I renewed acquaintance with Charles Haskell who runs the World War I Remembrance Centre in Bastion 6 at the end of the Airport Services Road in Hilsea Lines. The centre was previously located at Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill. Charles was kind enough to buy a copy of ‘Home Waters’ (minewarfare in the First World War co-written by Yours Truly) and add a donation towards the Vernon Minewarfare & Diving Monument. www.vernon-monument.org
Hi Everyone WAR ABOVE THE TRENCHES DVD Feature version from the TV series as shown on UKTV Yesterday. ONLY 3 days left to purchase at the reduced price of £10.00 plus £2.00 p&p. From 1st June 2018 the RRP will be £13.99 plus £2.00 p&p. ORDER NOW as the reduce price. http://www.asa-uk.tv/product/war-trenches-pre-order-now DVD feature length with added scenes. Or you can be streamed or downloaded from Vimeo - enjoy. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/warabovethetrenches
Hi Everyone WAR ABOVE THE TRENCHES DVD Feature version from the TV series as shown on UKTV Yesterday. ONLY 3 days left to purchase at the reduced price of £10.00 plus £2.00 p&p. From 1st June 2018 the RRP will be £13.99 plus £2.00 p&p. ORDER NOW as the reduce price. http://www.asa-uk.tv/product/war-trenches-pre-order-now DVD feature length with added scenes. Or you can be streamed or downloaded from Vimeo - enjoy. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/warabovethetrenches
My Great Niece, Erica Emmett, who is 12, has just painted this very poignant image, poignant because we are soon to celebrate the 100th centenery of the end of WW1, the bloodiest war in human history, her Gt Gt Grandfather served in Gallipoli as a doctor in the Scottish regiment, The 29th Field Ambulance, he survived that and went on to serve in France and Belgium till the end of the war. I absolutely love the sad meaning of this painting, the poppy flowers and their buds bowing in sadness and remembrance, well done Erica, I love it.
My own personal dedication.