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What’s On at Portsmouth Museums

We update this list regularly, as new events are confirmed.
Also see our Exhibitions page.

Portsmouth Museum

Thursdays 26th January, 9th & 23rd February, 9th & 23rd March, 6th April

I saw my voice - writing for well-being with Maggie Sawkins

Are you interested in working with a writer to help you find your voice? Join award winning poet Maggie Sawkins for a series of creative writing workshops inspired by Edward King's paintings of 1940s portsmouth. The six sessions will be relaxed and supportive as Maggie takes you through warm-ups and exercises to stimulate your imagination and get your words flowing. No prior experience of creative writing required.
Maggie Sawkins teaches in community and health care settings. Her work is widely published and she is the winner of the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Find out more at www.hookedonwords.me/ 

2pm - 4pm

Cost: £30 /£18 with Portsmouth Leisure Card for all six workshops. Pay at the first session on 26th January. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. For further information or to book your place telephone 02392 834774 (Monday - Friday).

D-Day Museum

Sunday 29th January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

Free admission to the museum to mark the day. Holocaust Memorial Day commemorates the suffering of victims of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust, as well as other genocides before and since. There will be a small poster display raising awareness of related issues such as racism, intolerance and persecution, all of which are still relevant now. Museum open 10am - 5pm, last admission 4.30pm.

On Friday 27 January (the official Holocaust Memorial Day) at 2pm infront of the D-Day Museum there will be a service to mark the day. Follow this link for more details on the event (not organised by the D-Day Museum).

Portsmouth Museum

Saturday 4th February

All creatures great and small
Family activities with Southsea Wildlife Watch

Fun wildlife-themed activities and games for children aged 5 - 14.  All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are encouraged to join in.
The session may include a visit to the gardens behind the museum so please wrap up warmly and wear sturdy shoes or wellies.

10am - 12noon

Cost: £4 donation per child.  Booking not required but places are limited and willbe allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Portsmouth Museum

Saturday 11th February

Edward King & St James' - mental health care in Portsmouth 1926 to 1951
A talk by Christine Lawrence

In 1926 the artist Edward King was admitted to St James' Hospital, previously known as the Borough of Portsmouth Lunatic Asylum.  He remained there until his death in 1951.
Christine Lawrence worked as a psychiatric nurse for over 40 years.  Drawing on her experience of working at St James' Hospital in Portsmouth and Knowle Hospital in Fareham she will talk about King's life as a patient at St James'.
Edward King's paintings of the grounds and outbuildings at St James', the houseboats at Milton Locks and Portsmouth during the Blitz will be available for viewing before and after the talk.

12noon - 1pm

Admission free.  No need to book.

University of Portsmouth, in association with the D-Day Museum

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Talk: German perspectives on D-Day and the 1944 Battle of Normandy, by Dr Simon Trew

Dr Simon Trew will be speaking about German perspectives on D-Day and the 1944 Battle of Normandy. We generally see this campaign from the Allied side, but what factors affected the German conduct of the fighting?

The talk is hosted by the Centre for European and International Studies, University of Portsmouth, in association with the D-Day Museum. It is open to anyone with an interest in the subject. There is no charge to attend and advanced booking is not required: just turn up. There will be refreshments at 5pm and the talk starts shortly afterwards. Dr Simon Trew is a member of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. His research interests include the Second World War in Europe, especially the planning and execution of the Normandy Campaign. He is the author of many books on the Normandy Campaign, most recently 'D-Day and the Battle of Normandy: The Photographic History' (Haynes, 2012). Dr Trew has extensive experience in planning and delivering battlefield tours in Normandy, and has also appeared in many documentaries and programmes focused on the campaign.

Venue: University of Portsmouth, Dennis Sciama Building, Room 2.14. Click here for venue details.
Tickets: There is no charge to attend and advanced booking is not required: just turn up.
5pm - 6.30pm

Portsmouth Museum

Saturday 11th March

Wildlife in Spring
Family activities with Southsea Wildlife Watch

Fun wildlife-themed activities and games for children aged 5 - 14.  All children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are encouraged to join in.
The session may include a visit to the gardens behind the museum so please wrap up warmly and wear sturdy shoes or wellies.

10am - 12noon

Cost: £4 donation per child.  Booking not required but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Line Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Details are correct at time of upload. Every effort will be made to keep this site up-to-date but Portsmouth City Council reserves the right to make changes to the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Tel: 023 9282 6722 Fax: 023 9287 5276

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