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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: May - June
Also see our Exhibitions page.

April

Friday 24th April

Portsmouth Museum

Ching!  Don’t drop that Ming vase!
Object handling master class with Collections Manager Rosalinda Hardiman

Gain hands-on access to a range of objects from the collections of Portsmouth Museums and learn how to handle them safely.  Use your new skills at home to safeguard your own treasures and prevent costly and upsetting mishaps.

Free.  Age 16+.  Pre-booking essential – call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 10.30am – 12.30pm

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 the engine will be in steam on Sunday 26th April. 

May

Friday 15th May

D-Day Museum

Presentation on ‘Recording, recalling and rewriting D-Day’: A 30-minute presentation by history students from the University of Portsmouth on 'Recording, recalling and rewriting D-Day: Myth, memory and popular representations of the Battle of Normandy'. As part of their coursework, history students from the University of Portsmouth have been doing research in the archives of the D-Day Museum. Each student has been examining a different aspect of this topic. Their illustrated presentation, aimed at all visitors to the museum, will summarise the findings of their research. All welcome to attend (no booking required).
Admission: Included with usual admission ticket. 
Time: 11am.

Saturday 16th May

Portsmouth Museum

Valuing the Vintage: caring for textiles past and present. Meet Sarah Howard, a textile conservator and specialist in the care of historic dress.  Learn how museums care for textiles in their collections and share Sarah's top tips on how to look after vintage textiles in the home.  You are invited to bring along your own textile items such as samplers, wedding dresses, christening robes and vintage fashions for specific advice.
Free.  Places limited; advance booking recommended - call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception.
2.00 - 3.00pm

Saturday 16th May

D-Day Museum

D-Day conference. Our 2015 D-Day conference considers a range of subjects connected to the 1944 Normandy Landings, from the preparations for D-Day to the fighting in Normandy, and how we should remember those who fell in the campaign. The event is aimed at a wide range of people, so whether you have a long-standing interest in D-Day or are just curious to find out more about this subject, we would love to see you there!
For more information, please go to the D-Day Museum website, or follow this link to book your tickets.
List of speakers:
- Col (retd.) Mike Nolan (Defence Surveyors' Association) - Mapping for D-Day and subsequent operations.
- Andrew Whitmarsh (D-Day Museum) - D-Day: the landing craft experience. Based on the archives of the LST and Landing Craft Association.
- Dr Simon Trew (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) - Unblown bridges and ungentlemanly conduct: Bing Force in Normandy, 6-8 June 1944.
- James Daly (D-Day Museum) - "Wastage, Tuxedo and Wild Oats": planned British Airborne operations after D-Day that never were.
- Dr Paul Latawski (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) - The Polish Armoured Division in Normandy.
- Carl Shiletto (military historian, www.fallenheroesofnormandy.org) - Fallen Heroes of Normandy: a photographic remembrance.
- Retracing the Allied commanders' headquarters at Southwick.
Also hear about plans for the redevelopment of the D-Day Museum, with an opportunity to contribute your views.
This event is supported by Armed Forces Community Covenant Funding.

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.

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. 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.  Places limited; advance booking recommended - call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception.
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.

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.

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