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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: November - December - January
Also see our Exhibitions page.

October 2014

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. See the Boulton and Watt Beam Engine in its impressive Victorian home. Click here to find out more about the Beam Engine House.
This month only: special Meccano exhibition by Solent Meccano Club.
Free admission. 1pm - 5pm

Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November

Portsmouth Museum

Art Detective Challenge. Take the Art Detective Challenge and explore the museum's Picture Gallery with our 'Journeys' themed, self-guided trail.  Claim your special museum sticker when you complete the activity.
Trail sheets cost 50p.

Monday 27th to Friday 31st October

D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy Veterans. Members of the Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans Association will be at the D-Day Museum to chat to visitors about their experiences around the time of D-Day. Come and find out what it was like, from the people who were actually there! Veterans may not be able to attend every day, so please phone on the day of your visit (023 9282 6722) if you wish to confirm in advance that the veterans have been able to attend that day.
Usual admission price applies. Museum open 10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm. Veterans present 11.00am - 3.00pm.

Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st October

Southsea Castle

Halloween at Southsea Castle 2014. This Halloween Southsea Castle comes to life with zombies, pirates and ghosts ... oh my!
An afternoon of traditional Halloween games, zombie make-over face painting, treasure hunts and much more as the ghouls take over the castle for plenty of spooky fun!
The event runs twice a day at 2pm and 3.30pm for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
Come dressed as your favourite Halloween character or bring some old clothes and receive a zombie makeover!
There will be a price for the best dressed ghoul!

Tickets £5 available online at www.darkencounters.co.uk/halloween (or from Southsea Castle).
Suitable for children aged 6+. Children must be accompanied by adult or guardian.
Workshops at 2pm and 3.30pm

Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st October

Portsmouth Museum

October Half Term Drop In Days. Themed activities for the half term holidays including;

  • Explore the Lest We Forget Exhibition

  • Try tracing your WW1 Ancestors online

  • Battleship Games – Championship

  • Letters from the Trenches – readings at 1100 and 1400 each day (for adults and young people)

  • Simple make and take art and craft activities

Please see each day's theme in the events below. 10.30am - 4pm. Free

Tuesday 28th October

Portsmouth Museum

Discover The Hampshire Regiment in the First World War. Guest Stars: The Royal Hampshire Regimental Museum. 10.30am - 4pm. Free

Tuesday 28th October

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Owl Pellet Investigation.  Find out about owls and how they eat before having a go at finding out what's inside a real owl pellet.  Not for the squeamish!
For families with children aged 7 and over.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £3 per child / £1.70 with Portsmouth Leisure Card.  Accompanying adults free.
Booking- Places limited.  Pre-booking required.  Call 023 9283 4744.
10:30-11:30am

Wednesday 29th October

Portsmouth Museum

Discover The Women Workers of Portsmouth Dockyard in the First World War. Guest Stars: Portsmouth Museum and the Portsmouth History Centre. 10.30am - 4pm. Free

Wednesday 29th October

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Going Batty. Join Hampshire Bat Group and The Friends of Cumberland House to find out all about bats and take part in some bat themed craft!
Most suitable for families with children aged 3-9. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £2 per child / £1 with a Portsmouth Leisure card
Booking - Places limited.  Pre-booking required.  Call 023 9283 4744.
10:30-12noon and 1pm-2:30pm

Thursday 30th October

Portsmouth Museum

Discover The Army Medical Services in the First World War. Guest Stars: The Army Medical Services Museum. 10.30am - 4pm. Free.

Friday 31st October

Portsmouth Museum

Discover Portsmouth in the First World War. Guest Stars: Portsmouth Museum and the Portsmouth History Centre. 10.30am - 4pm. Free.

November 2014

Saturday 1st November

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Autumn Art. Create autumn inspired masterpieces using seasonal materials.
For families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £2 per child/ £1 with a Portsmouth Leisure card.
Booking - no need to book, just drop in.
10.30am-12.30pm

Sunday 9th November

D-Day Museum

Remembrance Sunday. Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark the occasion.
30-minute talks at 12pm and 2pm: "D-Day - The Last of the Liberators." A collection of portraits of some of the last veterans of the Normandy landings retracing their steps seventy years later. Photographer Robin Savage displays and discusses his favourite photographs from his new book, which depicts veterans at locations in Nornandy that are particularly significant to their own experiences. No booking required, just turn up.
Plays at 3pm and 4pm: "Five Beaches" tells the story of the landing at Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944 using veterans’ words where possible. The play is a fast paced, stylised piece of theatre performed by an all-male ensemble that follows the soldiers across the channel and onto the approaches of each of the five landing beaches in Normandy. Originally written to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the play contains a terrific mixture of humour and pathos interlaced with choral elements. The running time is 30 minutes and is being performed by a group of actors from Bay House School, Gosport. Admission to the play is free, but a donation of £3 per person towards the work of Bay House School's drama department would be welcome.
Museum open 10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.30pm.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November

Portsmouth Museum

Discover the revolutionary role of the tank in the First World War as War Horse tank comes to Portsmouth

The tank was developed during the First World War and made its first appearance on the battlefields of the Western Front in September 1916.  It provided troops with mobile protection and firepower and was a terrifying sight for opposing troops.  Discover the key role played by Portsmouth and the Royal Naval Gunnery School at HMS Excellent in the development of the weapon that introduced a new era in modern warfare.

  • See the life size replica Mark IV First World War tank used in the film War Horse

  • Meet staff from the Tank Museum, Bovington and HMS Excellent, Portsmouth

  • See shells, replica uniforms and other objects

  • Learn about the role of the tank in the First World War – talk at 2pm each day

  • Visit the Lest We Forget First World War Centenary Exhibition

10.30am - 4pm each day
Admission free.  No need to book.
Please note: you are advised to check the website or call 02392 826722 before travelling specifically for this event as it may need to be cancelled at short notice if the ground is water logged due to the weight of the tank.

Saturday 29th November

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Mythical Creatures.  Design and create your own clay mythical creature inspired by the displays in the museum.
Who for - Families with primary aged children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £2 per child/ £1 with a Portsmouth Leisure card.
Booking - Places limited.  Pre-booking required.  Call 023 9283 4744.
11am-12noon

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November

Eastney Beam Engine House

Open day at Eastney Beam Engine House. 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

December 2014

No events currently planned.

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.

Sunday 25th January

D-Day Museum

Holocaust Memorial Day event. Free admission to the D-Day Museum 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

 

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