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What’s On at Portsmouth Museums

We update this list regularly, as new events are confirmed. Click on the month to jump to that point in the listings: August - September onwards
Also see our Exhibitions page.

July 2016 

Portsmouth Museum

Tuesday 26th July

Street Scenes - collage & mixed media art workshop for adults

Create your own mixed media street scene in response to Edward King's atmospheric paintings of bomb-damaged buildings in 1940s Portsmouth. Tutor Simon Cowper will demonstrate how you can experiment with paints, torn and cut papers, drawing and printmaking techniques to produce large scale, multi-layered work. Beginners welcome.
10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost: £20 / £12 with Leisure Card including materials. Places limited. Book in advance on 02392 834744 (Monday-Friday).
This workshop is now fully booked.

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Saturday 30th July

What's the Buzz About Bees? A family bee morning.

Make origami bees, understand what the bees are doing, find out how to attract bees to your garden, and other bee-themed activities.
10.30 - 12.30pm.
Free of charge (but donations welcome).

August 2016

Portsmouth Museum

Friday 5th August

Edward King, gallery talk

Join Susan Ward, Curator of Art for a gallery talk on the life and art of artist Edward King, manyof whose painting are currently on display at Portsmouth Museum.
12.30pm - 1pm. 
Free of charge (but donations welcome). Places are limited and must be booked in advance - please call 023 9283 4744 to book.

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesday 10th August

Meccano Day

Drop in day for Meccano enthusiasts, children and adults.
11am - 4pm
Free of charge (but donations welcome). 

Portsmouth Museum

Thursday 11th August

Landscapes - watercolour & mixed media art workshop for adults

Use watercolour, collage and basic printmaking to create your own mixed media landscape based on Edward King's paintings of the farm and grounds at St James' Hospital, Portsmouth. Tutor Simon Cowper will introduce a range of techniques for you to try and will demonstrate how you can achieve a sense of depth within a landscape. Beginners welcome.
10.30am - 3.30pm. 
Cost: £20 / £12 with Portsmouth Leisure Card including materials. Places limited. Book in advance on 023 9283 4744 (Monday-Friday).
This workshop is now fully booked.

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Saturday 13th August

Southsea Wildlife Watch - Summer Wild Fun

Fun wildlife-themed activities to get 5-15 year olds more involved with nature. Most activities are outdoors in natural surroundings so please dress appropriately.
10am - 12pm.
Cost: £4 per person. Under- 8's must be accompanied by an adult.

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesday 17th August

Model Railway Show plus Historic Vehicles

Show by the Victory Model Railway Club with two vehicles from the Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot.
10am - 4pm
Free of charge (but donations welcome). 

Portsmouth Museum

Sunday 21st August

Hidden Past Festival

Great hands-on activities for the whole family. Join us for a celebration of the story of people in the South Downs – from the last ice age to the present day taking in our first farmers, Iron Age settlements, Roman roads, Medieval hunting and 20th century warfare.
With hands-on activities for the whole family, historic music and entertainment, the chance to meet the past characters who’ve lived here, discover rural crafts, and enjoy local food and drinks from across the South Downs National Park.
Also discover the 'Secrets of the High Woods' in an interactive exhibition that will be present at Portsmouth Museum 20th August - 10th September.
10am - 5pm
Free of charge (but donations welcome). 

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August

Reptile and Amphibian Weekend

Portsmouth's Reptile and Amphibian Society will be at the museum with some amazing animals for you to meet!
10am - 5pm
Free of charge (but donations welcome). 

September 2016 onwards

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesdays 14th September & 28th September 

Poetry workshops for adults

Join writer Denise Bennett for a two-part poetry workshop inspired by Edward King's atmospheric paintings of Portsmouth in the 1940s.  Both experienced and new writers are welcome. 
Session one (14th September): Use Edward King's paintings of bomb-damaged buildings plus photographs, archives and objects relating to life in Portsmouth during the Blitz as starting points for writing that conveys the drama and emotion of war.
Session two (28th September): An optional follow-up workshop with advice on how to craft and develop your work offered in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Cost: £7 session one only / £3 with Leisure Card. £10 both sessions / £5 with Leisure Card. Both sessions run 10.15am - 12.15pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 023 9283 4744 (Monday-Friday).

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesday 5th October

Sketch, Stroll & Paint - art workshop for adults

Join artist Simon Cowper for a workshop inspired by Edward King's paintings of central Portsmouth during the Blitz.  Follow in King's footsteps as we take a gentle stroll around Old Portsmouth, stopping to sketch along the way.  Back at the museum use your sketches as the starting point for paintings using watercolour and coloured pencils. Beginners welcome. Please bring a sketchbook and pencils or pens and be prepared to spend about an hour outside and walk up to a mile and a half.
10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost: £20 / £12 with Portsmouth Leisure Card including materials. Places limited. Book in advance on 023 9283 4744 (Monday-Friday).

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