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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:  January - February - March - April
Also see our Exhibitions page.

January 2015

Saturday 24th January

Portsmouth Museum

First World War Researchathon

Help us to beat the clock and uncover the hidden stories of Portsmouth men and women during the First World War on the final weekend of Lest We Forget, our Centenary Exhibition.

  • Meet experts from the history department at University of Portsmouth

  • Learn new skills that will enable you to use online resources to research the experiences of your own ancestors during the First World War

  • Help us to piece together the stories of Portsmouth people during the First World War and record them for future generations

  • Explore the Lest We Forget exhibition

  • Free 'make and take' craft activities for younger visitors

10.30am - 4pm
Admission free.  No need to book.

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th January

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open Day. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home.
Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House.

Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

Please note that we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit.

Sunday 25th January

D-Day Museum

Holocaust Memorial Day event. Free admission to the D-Day Museum and a small display to mark the Day.
Museum open 10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm.

Tuesday 27th January

Infront of the D-Day Museum

Holocaust Memorial Day Service.
Museum open 10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm. At the Memorial Tree, infront of the D-Day Museum. Attended by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, the service is to remember those who have been murdered in the Holocaust and under Nazi persecution, and also in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. Organised by the Events Team, Portsmouth City Council (for more information, contact the Events Team by email or phone 023 9283 4067).
12pm

February

Wednesday 18th February

Portsmouth Museum

Once Upon an Object... Half-Term Story Telling for Families. Join story teller Michael O’Leary as he tells fascinating tales featuring objects on show in our major new exhibition, A Hard Choice.  Why not visit the exhibition beforehand to choose your own favourites and see if they appear in the stories?
Recommended for families with children aged 7+.  
The session lasts approximately 40 minutes.  Free. No need to book.

Thursday 19th February

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Blast from the Past. Find out about dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures with fossils to touch, storytelling and craft!
For families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - Free         
No need to book, just drop in
11am-4pm

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd February

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open Day. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home.
Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House.

Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

Please note that we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit.

March

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open Day. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home.
Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House.

Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

Please note that we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit.

Tuesday 31st March

Portsmouth Museum

The Teddy Bear Doctors. Bring your teddy bear along for free advice on identification, age or ‘clinical’ needs from local experts and restorers, Julie and Amanda from Bear it in Mind.  Demonstrations of traditional bear making techniques throughout the day.
Cost - Free.  Small charge for repairs carried out on the day such as eye replacements and claw stitching.
Booking - No need to book, just drop in
10.30am - 2.30pm

April

Thursday 16th April

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Jurassic Art. Get arty with The Creation Station and make dinosaur themed crafts!
For families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £3 per child / £1.70 with Portsmouth Leisure Card.  Accompanying adults free.
No need to book in advance, just drop in (spaces limited)
11am-3pm

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open Day. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home.
Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House.

Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

Please note that we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit.

Other resources

www.culture24.org.uk Check the Culture 24 website for the Latest news, exhibition reviews, links, listings and education resources from thousands of UK museums, galleries, archives and libraries, all in one place. 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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