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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.

Eastney Beam Engine House

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November

Open Day

The Beam Engine House will open to the public. Note, the engines will not be in steam and access may be restricted.


Southsea Castle


Events at Southsea Castle this December

The Castle will be open on the following December dates: 17 & 18, 20-22, 28-31, plus New Year's Day.

Visit the Waterfront Gifts shop for some great Christmas present ideas or blow away the post-Christmas blues with a bracing seafront walk and Castle visit.

Look out for details of more festive fun, fare and flavour on the 17th December.

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Saturday 10th December

Southsea Wildlife Watch - Christmas Crafts

Fun wildlife-themed outdoor activities for children aged 5-15 years.

Please note, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. All sessions will be held outdoors, whatever the weather, so wrap up warm and don’t forget your wellies!


Suggested donation £3 per person

Portsmouth Museum

Sunday 11th and Sunday 18th December

Dickens Christmas Guided Walk

Start at Victory Gate and end at Portsmouth Museum for this festive walk celebrating Charles Dickens.


£3 per child or £1 with Leisure Card

Portsmouth Museum

Tuesday 10th January 2017 

'Portsmouth & the Blitz'

Talk by Dr John Stedman of Portsmouth Records Office on 'Portsmouth & the Blitz'. Booking details to be confirmed nearer the time.
6pm - 7.30pm 

D-Day Museum

Sunday 29th January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

Free admission to the museum to mark the day. Further details to be confirmed nearer the time.
Museum open 10am - 5pm, last admission 4.30pm.

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


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