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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: June - July
Also see our Exhibitions page.

May

Tuesday 26th May

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Otter Day. Session in partnership with Portsmouth's Blue Reef Aquarium as part of their 'Otter Week' - meet Ali Glover, who helps look after the otters at the aquarium, and learn about the world’s different otter species, find out more about worldwide otter populations and the conservation work being done by organisations like the International Otter Survival Fund to help protect them. There'll also be some craft and an ‘otterly brilliant’ quiz for visitors to take part in.

Event for children - primary-age upwards

Free

11am - 1.30pm.

Tuesday 26th May

Southsea Castle

Art and Craft Family Fun - Mad Hatters Tea Party! The Creation Station Award winning arts and crafts creative fun where adults can join in too! How wacky can you make your own 'Mad Hat',  paint yourself as the 'King or Queen of Hearts' and 'Collage a Cake' -  who would you invite to your tea party, the March Hare or the Cheshire Cat? No mess or stress, painting coats provided.

Event for children 2-11

Sessions cost £5 per child and £3 per sibling (tickets available from reception on the day)

11am - 3pm

Wednesday 27th May

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Record Breaking Birds. Join Dawn Thompson from the RSPB for a talk about record breaking birds.

Event for Children - primary-age

Free

11am-2pm (one morning talk, one afternoon talk - timings tbc). Please contact Cumberland House Natural History Museum a little closer to the date.

Thursday 28th May

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Butterflies & Bees. Get arty with The Creation Station and make butterfly and bee-themed crafts to celebrate our new arrivals!

Event for Children - nursery up to ~12

£3 per child (tickets available from Reception on the day)

10.30am-3.30pm (drop-in, advanced booking not required)

Friday 29th May

Portsmouth Museum

My Favourite Things - family activities with Writer in Residence Aoife Mannix. Children and their families are invited to join Writer in Residence Aoife Mannix for a range of fun filled activities inspired by the intriguing objects on display in A Hard Choice.  Create your own collection of favourite things using words and pictures.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.  
Free.  Places limited; pre-booking recommended - call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Saturday 30th May

Portsmouth Museum

Creative Writing Workshop for Adults. Work with Portsmouth Museum's Writer in Residence, Aoife Mannix to use the fascinating objects on show in A Hard Choice as the starting point for writing inspired by the joy of collecting.  The workshop will be fun and practical and no previous writing experience is necessary.  Further workshops will run on Friday 26 June, 2.00 - 4.00pm and Sunday 28 June, 10.30am - 12.30pm.  You are welcome to join us for one or more sessions.  Why not book for all three to see how your writing develops?
Free.  Places limited; pre-booking recommended - call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 10.30am - 12.30pm.

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May

Eastney Beam Engine House

Eastney Beam Engine House Open Day. An impressive Victorian building containing a pair of classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps restored to their original 1887 condition. On most open days you'll be able to witness the magnificent engines in steam. Please contact Portsmouth Museums Service in advance to make sure the engines are in steam before your visit.

1pm - 5pm. Free entry

June

Saturday 6th June

D-Day Museum

D-Day anniversary. Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark the 71st anniversary of D-Day, and special events. Further details to come nearer the time. Museum open 10am-5.30pm.

Sunday 7th June

Portsmouth Museum

Taxidermy Talk and Demonstration (Fully Booked). Meet Jazmine Miles-Long, an ethical taxidermist who only works with birds and animals that have died from natural causes.  Discover the processes involved in the strange and fascinating craft of taxidermy and watch as Jazmine demonstrates some of the techniques she uses to create work for artists, collectors and museums.
Free.  This event is now fully booked.
2.00 - 3.30pm

Wednesday 17th June

Portsmouth Museum

An Introduction to Framing. What questions should you ask to ensure that you receive the right advice when you take your treasured pictures to a framer?  Philip Poole of Bespoke Picture Framing Fareham will talk you through the process and introduce some of the options available to you in terms of frames, mounts and glass.
Free.  Places limited; pre-booking recommended - call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 2.00 - 3.00pm

Friday 26th June

Portsmouth Museum

Creative Writing Workshops for Adults. Work with Portsmouth Museum's Writer in Residence, Aoife Mannix to use the fascinating objects on show in A Hard Choice as the starting point for writing inspired by the joy of collecting.  The workshop will be fun and practical and no previous writing experience is necessary.  You are welcome to attend a single session or both.  
Free.  Places limited; pre-booking recommended - call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 2.00 - 4.00pm.

Saturday 27th June

D-Day Museum

Armed Forces Day. Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark Armed Forces Day with special events including a model ship display by the Surface Warship Association. Further details to come nearer the time. Museum open 10am-5.30pm.

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June

Eastney Beam Engine House

Eastney Beam Engine House Open Day. An impressive Victorian building containing a pair of classic Boulton Watt beam engines and pumps restored to their original 1887 condition. On most open days you'll be able to witness the magnificent engines in steam. Please contact Portsmouth Museums Service in advance to make sure the engines are in steam before your visit.

1pm - 5pm. Free entry

Sunday 28th June

Portsmouth Museum

Creative Writing Workshops for Adults. Work with Portsmouth Museum's Writer in Residence, Aoife Mannix to use the fascinating objects on show in A Hard Choice as the starting point for writing inspired by the joy of collecting.  The workshop will be fun and practical and no previous writing experience is necessary.  You are welcome to attend a single session or both.  
Free.  Places limited; pre-booking recommended - call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 10.30am - 12.30pm.

July

Sunday 19th July

Portsmouth Museum

Step into the Stone Age. Join us at Portsmouth Museum with fun for all the family. Meet the flint knapper; primitive technologist Karl Lee will be demonstrating how prehistoric people were making stone tools and explaining how they would have been used in the daily lives of our ancestors.

Lots of other activities throughout the day, try your hand at cave painting, test your timeline skills and join the mammoth hunt!

FREE event, part of the Festival of Archaeology, see the website for more details http://ow.ly/LQA9V and to find out what else is going on in the area.

10.30am - 4.30pm.

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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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