Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Cumberland House Natural History Museum Portsmouth City Council's natural history museum and seasonal butterfly house. Open Tues-Sun and bank holiday Mondays, free entry.

Operating as usual

The theme for this year's Heritage Open Days is Edible England and we have a food chain challenge!Between 10 - 19 Septem...
11/09/2021

The theme for this year's Heritage Open Days is Edible England and we have a food chain challenge!
Between 10 - 19 September pick up a free activity sheet from the front desk then follow the clues hidden around the museum to work out which animal is at the bottom of the food chain and which is the top predator!

The theme for this year's Heritage Open Days is Edible England and we have a food chain challenge!
Between 10 - 19 September pick up a free activity sheet from the front desk then follow the clues hidden around the museum to work out which animal is at the bottom of the food chain and which is the top predator!

Super morning with volunteers checking the contents of the moth trap that we ran in the garden last night. All moths wer...
26/08/2021

Super morning with volunteers checking the contents of the moth trap that we ran in the garden last night. All moths were released and being identified.
We found the following:
Tree lichen beauty
Large yellow underwing
Brimstone
Setaceous hebrew character
Garden carpet
Bright-line brown-eye
Jersey Tiger
unidentified Rustic

19/08/2021

Good morning, owing to unforeseen circumstances we will not be opening until 11.30 this morning.

Exciting to see one of our swiss cheese plants flowering and producing fruit. Swiss cheese plants belong to the Arum fam...
16/08/2021

Exciting to see one of our swiss cheese plants flowering and producing fruit. Swiss cheese plants belong to the Arum family, the same family as our native cuckoo pint (also known as lords-and-ladies)

Watch the skies for meteors - we have had some good sightings over the years
13/08/2021

Watch the skies for meteors - we have had some good sightings over the years

It’s a great time to look out for shooting stars this week. The Perseid Meteor shower is at it’s peak with potentially 60-100 meteors visible per hour. See the UK Space Agency blog for more information about what you might see in the night sky at the moment and let me know if you’ve managed to see any?

https://space.blog.gov.uk/2018/08/10/peak-of-the-perseids/

#perseids #meteor #meteorshower #wishuponastar
📷 Nasa/JPL

Come and visit our stand in Milton Park today as part of Wild in the Park activities with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wi...
10/08/2021

Come and visit our stand in Milton Park today as part of Wild in the Park activities with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Official Portsmouth libraries

We have been cataloguing these Death's Head Hawkmoths in our natural history collections. With a wingspan of between 80 ...
04/08/2021

We have been cataloguing these Death's Head Hawkmoths in our natural history collections. With a wingspan of between 80 - 130mm, they are Britain's largest moth.
They get their name from the skull-like mark on their thorax. The moths raid bee hives for honey and it is thought that the 'skull' marking mimics the head of a bee giving the moths access to the hive.
The moths migrate from southern Europe and Africa in small numbers from late summer - early autumn.
The large caterpillars which can be seen in the drawer feed on potato.

We have been cataloguing these Death's Head Hawkmoths in our natural history collections. With a wingspan of between 80 - 130mm, they are Britain's largest moth.
They get their name from the skull-like mark on their thorax. The moths raid bee hives for honey and it is thought that the 'skull' marking mimics the head of a bee giving the moths access to the hive.
The moths migrate from southern Europe and Africa in small numbers from late summer - early autumn.
The large caterpillars which can be seen in the drawer feed on potato.

The Curator and volunteers were at  Portsmouth City Museum today making food chains as part of the Health and Food progr...
02/08/2021

The Curator and volunteers were at Portsmouth City Museum today making food chains as part of the Health and Food programme

The Curator and volunteers were at Portsmouth City Museum today making food chains as part of the Health and Food programme

Our Curator of Natural History and the Digital Colllections Assistant spent the day in Tamworth Park with Hampshire and ...
27/07/2021

Our Curator of Natural History and the Digital Colllections Assistant spent the day in Tamworth Park with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Portsmouth Libraries (in their mobile library). We enjoyed talking about butterflies and insects to visitors to the park.

Our Curator of Natural History and the Digital Colllections Assistant spent the day in Tamworth Park with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and Portsmouth Libraries (in their mobile library). We enjoyed talking about butterflies and insects to visitors to the park.

A new butterfly for this week is the cycadian butterfly, currently flying around the butterfly house. They get their nam...
26/07/2021

A new butterfly for this week is the cycadian butterfly, currently flying around the butterfly house.
They get their name from the food plant (cycads) of their caterpillars which feed on the leaves.
The bright red abdomen and red spot on the wings are a warning sign to potential predators that they taste nasty.

A new butterfly for this week is the cycadian butterfly, currently flying around the butterfly house.
They get their name from the food plant (cycads) of their caterpillars which feed on the leaves.
The bright red abdomen and red spot on the wings are a warning sign to potential predators that they taste nasty.

Our natural history display in the Cascades Shopping Centre has been extended until mid-September. Add to our display by...
19/07/2021

Our natural history display in the Cascades Shopping Centre has been extended until mid-September. Add to our display by creating a butterfly like these recent beautiful submissions. The pink and red one is by Natasha aged 6.
You can either create your own or download a template and watch a video to get inspiration. https://portsmouthnaturalhistory.co.uk/get-involved/activities/decorate-a-butterfly-or-moth/

Drop them off at the museum and we'll add them to the display.

The butterflies in our butterfly house have been breeding. We were just in time to see this doris longwing emerge from i...
19/07/2021

The butterflies in our butterfly house have been breeding. We were just in time to see this doris longwing emerge from its pupa this afternoon.

The butterflies in our butterfly house have been breeding. We were just in time to see this doris longwing emerge from its pupa this afternoon.

Our stall Gilbert White's House & Gardens today - all about looking at insects
18/07/2021

Our stall Gilbert White's House & Gardens today - all about looking at insects

Our stall Gilbert White's House & Gardens today - all about looking at insects

Come and visit our stand at Gilbert White's House & Gardens on Sunday between 10.30 and 5pm. Free Admission
16/07/2021

Come and visit our stand at Gilbert White's House & Gardens on Sunday between 10.30 and 5pm. Free Admission

Come and visit our stand at Gilbert White's House & Gardens on Sunday between 10.30 and 5pm. Free Admission

We have lots of butterflies in our butterfly house, but there are more to see in our gardens, parks, woodlands and meado...
16/07/2021

We have lots of butterflies in our butterfly house, but there are more to see in our gardens, parks, woodlands and meadows. Take some time to record what you see outside between 16 July and 8 August by taking part in the Big Butterfly Count. https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/

14/07/2021

Very pleased to say that we are open again tomorrow 15 July

13/07/2021

Really sorry to say that Cumberland House is closed until further notice due to staff having to self-isolate. Many apologies and hope to see you soon.

12/07/2021

Lots of butterflies flying around the butterfly house today

This week's butterfly is the Rusty-tipped Page which is currently flying in our Butterfly House.They are commonly found ...
12/07/2021

This week's butterfly is the Rusty-tipped Page which is currently flying in our Butterfly House.

They are commonly found in Central America and South America along river banks and the edges of wet subtropical forests.

Look out for them feeding on nectar from the lantana plants, one the feeding table and on the ground lapping up water.

This week's butterfly is the Rusty-tipped Page which is currently flying in our Butterfly House.

They are commonly found in Central America and South America along river banks and the edges of wet subtropical forests.

Look out for them feeding on nectar from the lantana plants, one the feeding table and on the ground lapping up water.

Our butterfly of the week is the glasswing butterfly which is now flying in the butterfly house.They have transparent wi...
05/07/2021

Our butterfly of the week is the glasswing butterfly which is now flying in the butterfly house.
They have transparent wings which help to camouflage them among the plants.
One of the best places to spot them is on the lantana plants where they feed on nectar from the flowers.

Our butterfly of the week is the glasswing butterfly which is now flying in the butterfly house.
They have transparent wings which help to camouflage them among the plants.
One of the best places to spot them is on the lantana plants where they feed on nectar from the flowers.

Have you seen the new addition to the A-Z Gallery? This rather fearsome reptile is a Caiman, a member of the Crocodilia ...
29/06/2021

Have you seen the new addition to the A-Z Gallery? This rather fearsome reptile is a Caiman, a member of the Crocodilia order which includes crocodiles and alligators.

They live along the edges of rivers, lakes, marshes and swamps in Mexico, Central and northern South America where they hunt for fish, birds and mammals.

They are well adapted to life in water, with a long tail for swimming and their eyes and noses on top of their heads so that they can see and breathe while their body is underwater.

Have you seen the new addition to the A-Z Gallery? This rather fearsome reptile is a Caiman, a member of the Crocodilia order which includes crocodiles and alligators.

They live along the edges of rivers, lakes, marshes and swamps in Mexico, Central and northern South America where they hunt for fish, birds and mammals.

They are well adapted to life in water, with a long tail for swimming and their eyes and noses on top of their heads so that they can see and breathe while their body is underwater.

We are sad that Brad left us today but thrilled that he is heading off to Romney Marsh as a trainee ranger. He has done ...
21/06/2021

We are sad that Brad left us today but thrilled that he is heading off to Romney Marsh as a trainee ranger. He has done an amazing job working through the bee and beetle collections, worked on displays and help create activities. Good luck Brad, we will miss you.

We are sad that Brad left us today but thrilled that he is heading off to Romney Marsh as a trainee ranger. He has done an amazing job working through the bee and beetle collections, worked on displays and help create activities. Good luck Brad, we will miss you.

This week is National Insect week, which focuses on insects. This lovely butterfly from our natural history collections ...
21/06/2021

This week is National Insect week, which focuses on insects. This lovely butterfly from our natural history collections is a purple hairstreak which flies from the end of June until September. They are found on leaves at the top of oak trees, where they feed on honeydew, so are rather tricky to spot.
This butterfly is a female as it only has purple markings on its forewings. The males are fully purple on their fore and hindwings.

This week is National Insect week, which focuses on insects. This lovely butterfly from our natural history collections is a purple hairstreak which flies from the end of June until September. They are found on leaves at the top of oak trees, where they feed on honeydew, so are rather tricky to spot.
This butterfly is a female as it only has purple markings on its forewings. The males are fully purple on their fore and hindwings.

We have been working on our taxidermy collections today - some of them have lovely labels, like this one. Walter Lowne h...
17/06/2021

We have been working on our taxidermy collections today - some of them have lovely labels, like this one. Walter Lowne had a taxidermy shop on Fuller's Hill, Great Yarmouth, from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

We have been working on our taxidermy collections today - some of them have lovely labels, like this one. Walter Lowne had a taxidermy shop on Fuller's Hill, Great Yarmouth, from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

These lovely large very active swallowtails are flying in the butterfly house this week. It's fun to watch them flap the...
14/06/2021

These lovely large very active swallowtails are flying in the butterfly house this week. It's fun to watch them flap their wings and gliding above the foliage.

These lovely large very active swallowtails are flying in the butterfly house this week. It's fun to watch them flap their wings and gliding above the foliage.

To celebrate World Oceans Day (8 June) artist Darrell Wakelam has created this amazing cuttlefish downloadable activity ...
08/06/2021

To celebrate World Oceans Day (8 June) artist Darrell Wakelam has created this amazing cuttlefish downloadable activity made from recycled cardboard for us.
Cuttlefish are related to octopus and squid - their internal shell (cuttlebone) can often be found washed up on our local Solent beaches.
Cuttlefish are featured in our new marine litter display at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery which explores the effects of plastics on our oceans.
To make your own cuttlefish visithttps://portsmouthnaturalhistory.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/06/cuttlefish.pdf

To celebrate World Oceans Day (8 June) artist Darrell Wakelam has created this amazing cuttlefish downloadable activity made from recycled cardboard for us.
Cuttlefish are related to octopus and squid - their internal shell (cuttlebone) can often be found washed up on our local Solent beaches.
Cuttlefish are featured in our new marine litter display at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery which explores the effects of plastics on our oceans.
To make your own cuttlefish visithttps://portsmouthnaturalhistory.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/06/cuttlefish.pdf

Our butterflies have not got the hang of social distancing! 😁
04/06/2021

Our butterflies have not got the hang of social distancing! 😁

Our butterflies have not got the hang of social distancing! 😁

Our butterfly of the week - white morpho. We have several flying around the butterfly house at the moment
03/06/2021

Our butterfly of the week - white morpho. We have several flying around the butterfly house at the moment

Our butterfly of the week - white morpho. We have several flying around the butterfly house at the moment

Can anyone help us identify this bird? We're working through a batch of birds in our natural history collections and hav...
02/06/2021

Can anyone help us identify this bird? We're working through a batch of birds in our natural history collections and have come across this crow-like bird. Its feathers have a purple sheen. Unfortunately we don't have any data saying where it is from.

Timeline Photos
28/05/2021

Timeline Photos

Watch Bargain Hunt on June 4 at 12.15pm, when there will be a guest appearance from a very familiar ship! 😮

Here's presenter Charlie Ross filming for the programme. It's a special episode commemorating the Second World War, looking back at some of the militaria bought by teams over the years.

Click here to watch: http://bit.ly/BargainHuntWW2

#WeAreOnTheTelly #Exciting #BargainHunt #MilitaryHistory #WW2 #DDay #Antiques #Special

BBC One

A new addition to our displays - a temporary display case recycled from an exhibition at Portsmouth Museum. At the momen...
28/05/2021

A new addition to our displays - a temporary display case recycled from an exhibition at Portsmouth Museum. At the moment it features some UK wildlife at risk and a feature on Gilbert White of Selborne - an early British naturalist who wrote Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. It was the tercentenary of his birth last year.

One of the blue morphos with its wing open after leaving the puparium
26/05/2021

One of the blue morphos with its wing open after leaving the puparium

One of the blue morphos with its wing open after leaving the puparium

Have you visited our butterfly house yet? Lots of flowers and butterflies flying. So exciting coming in each morning to ...
26/05/2021

Have you visited our butterfly house yet? Lots of flowers and butterflies flying. So exciting coming in each morning to see which butterflies have emerged.

We are really looking forward to re-opening on Tuesday 25 May. We have started to get butterfly pupae in and finishing o...
17/05/2021

We are really looking forward to re-opening on Tuesday 25 May. We have started to get butterfly pupae in and finishing off a few last minute touches to keep our visitors safe.
There is no need to book a time slot to visit, though we will have significantly reduced capacity, which means you’re likely to need to queue before entering and when moving around the different rooms at the museum.
To see how we will be helping to keep our visitors safe visit
https://portsmouthnaturalhistory.co.uk/visit/covid-19-faqs/

We are really looking forward to re-opening on Tuesday 25 May. We have started to get butterfly pupae in and finishing off a few last minute touches to keep our visitors safe.
There is no need to book a time slot to visit, though we will have significantly reduced capacity, which means you’re likely to need to queue before entering and when moving around the different rooms at the museum.
To see how we will be helping to keep our visitors safe visit
https://portsmouthnaturalhistory.co.uk/visit/covid-19-faqs/

We found this decorated gourd while working through the collections. Sadly nothing on it saying where it is from. Can an...
06/05/2021

We found this decorated gourd while working through the collections. Sadly nothing on it saying where it is from. Can anyone help to identify it or from where in the world it might have originated ? 🤔

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got lots of butterflies in my garden put bits of banana/apples/pears/kiwi all chopped up not to small
The girls found this lovely free book in the odeon cinema Port Solent they will be taking it into Wicor Primary School and donating to the library. Celebrating 125 years of Portsmouth Museums
Have you still got the dinosaur in the middle of the staircase?
Thought you might like to know you're featured in this top 5! :)
Lovely morning watching the 🦋 butterflies
is the butterfly house open yet please
My father-in-law said I should share this photo with you as he thinks the spider is unusual. It lives in our insect house. Anyway, here you go:
Producer MoonFire Tower is feeling luckier than a two dollar bill these days as he prepares for his largest show to date: Camp Sq**rt, at The Side Bar, 504 Angela Street, Key West, Florida. This show is a Fine Art and Entertainment Extravaganza, which helps kick off Gay Pride Week, in America's Southern Most City, on June 7th, 2017 from 6pm until 4am. The show features the found object sculptures of Bryce LeVan Cushing, who has shown extensively internationally, with the Drap-Art Collective, and just finished a month long exhibition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sponsored by the Andy Warhol, and Carnegie Mellon Museums. Cushing is co-curating the fine art show with multi-dimensional artist Alberto DeAndrea, of Gallery Uno, 310 Duval Street. DeAndrea has been marketing his work in Key West for over thirty years, and will be showing provocative mixed media sculptures that represent a departure from his usual Key West themed paintings, and are a must see! The Fine art show opens at 6 pm, and will also include acrylic paintings by the current Mr. Gay Pride Key West, Ronnie Carruthers, as well as the dynamic Reverse Paintings on Glass by Steven Frazer. The art will be on display for the entire evening as will be the new jewelry line: MoonFire Tower Ware, which will be featured at the midnight, Comedy Fashion Show! At 8 pm Camp Sq**rt takes a sharp turn towards the heavens when guests are blessed by a set of performance by 3 SUM (La Te Da). This group is a local favorite and will be singing every two hours, until 12am. Joining in the performance fun will be a long time MoonFire Tower collaborator, singer songwriter, The Great Applesauce (Washington D.C.). The evening will be full of unexpected twists and turns, including the debut performance by the long lost sister of Ma Evan’s: Pepper Mancini; and the campy shenanigans of The Cowboy from Fogarty's: Will Gray. The event will be extra special for MoonFire Tower as he celebrates the Twentieth Anniversary of Camp Sq**rt, which has toured extensively throughout the United States since its debut in Philadelphia in the 1990's. The performance troupe MFT will be releasing and performing their latest EP titled: Key West at this show! For more information and to download the new EP Free, please go to www.brycelevancushing.com Camp Sq**rt is a One Night Only Fine Art and Entertainment Extravaganza featuring local, national and international talent. This show is Not To Be Missed! Doors open at 6pm on June 7th, 2017. This event at the new venue, the Side Bar Key West, is Free.