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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.

Portsmouth Museum

Saturday 1st October

Build your own Portsmouth - a Fun Palaces family event

Help us to celebrate national Fun Palaces weekend by working with artist Jenny Staff to build a model of your favourite Portsmouth building. Inspired by Edward King's paintings we will use simple construction methods and lots of cardboard boxes to build a 3D replica of our city. Suitable for children aged 5 - 11.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm
Places are limited.  Advance booking recommended - telephone 02392 834744 (Monday - Friday)
Cost:  Free 

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesday 5th October

Sketch, Stroll & Paint - art workshop for adults

Join artist Simon Cowper for a workshop inspired by Edward King's paintings of central Portsmouth during the Blitz.  Follow in King's footsteps as we take a gentle stroll around Old Portsmouth, stopping to sketch along the way.  Back at the museum use your sketches as the starting point for paintings using watercolour and coloured pencils. Beginners welcome. Please bring a sketchbook and pencils or pens and be prepared to spend about an hour outside and walk up to a mile and a half.
10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost: £20 / £12 with Portsmouth Leisure Card including materials. Places limited. Book in advance on 023 9283 4744 (Monday-Friday).
This workshop is now fully booked.

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesday 19th October

Collage & Mixed Media Street Scenes - art workshop for adults

Create your own mixed media street scene in response to Edward King's paintings of Portsmouth buildings damaged by bombing raids during the Blitz. Artist Simon Cowper will demonstrate how you can experiment with paints, torn and cut papers, drawing and printmaking techniques to produce eye-catching multi-layered images. Beginners welcome. All materials provided.
10.30am - 3.30pm
Cost: £20 / £12 with Portsmouth Leisure Card including materials. Places limited. Book in advance on 023 9283 4744 (Monday-Friday).

D-Day Museum

Thursday 20th October

'One in ten thousand: official military photographers in Normandy, June - August 1944.' A talk by Dr Simon Trew, of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. 

Many of the best known photographs of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy were taken by official military photographers. Find out more about their work and the images that they created.

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) on which this talk is based. 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.
Book ticket in advance, tickets £5, concessions available. Click here to book. 7pm - 8.30pm.

Portsmouth Museum

Saturday 22nd October

Big Draw family event

Join artist Jenny Staff to celebrate the annual Big Draw event by creating a giant 3D drawing inspired by museum objects. Suitable for children aged 5+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm
Places are limited.  Advance booking recommended - telephone 02392 834744 (Monday - Friday)
Cost: £3 per child / £1.75 with Leisure Card

D-Day Museum

Sunday 13th November

Remembrance Sunday

Free admission to the museum to mark the day. Talks on our plans for the future of the D-Day Museum (12pm and 2pm).
Museum open 10am - 5pm, last admission 4.30pm.

D-Day Museum

Thursday 24th November 

'LCG(L), LCF, LCA(HR) and other mysterious beasts: the role of minor fire support vessels during the 1944 Normandy campaign.' A talk by Dr Simon Trew of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Find out more about the specialist fire support landing craft that were used by the Allies on and after D-Day, to assist the troops as they landed. 

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.
Book ticket in advance, tickets £5, concessions available. Click here to book. 7pm - 8.30pm.

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.

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