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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 onwards 
Also see our Exhibitions page.

May 2016

D-Day Museum

Saturday 14th May 2016

2016 D-Day Conference

Our conferences are aimed at a wide range of people. 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! Speakers will include Dr Simon Trew from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Dr Toby Haggith from the Imperial War Museum, Lt Col (Retd) Ian Holmes with Normandy veteran Bill Edwardes (1st Worcesters), and Professor Andrew Knapp of the University of Reading.

You can see the full details and get your tickets here. Conference timings 9am - 5.30pm. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Portsmouth Museum

Tuesday 31st May

Fantasy Journeys

Enjoy art and craft activities on the theme on fantasy journeys.  A Creation Station workshop suitable for children aged 2-11.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £3 per child / £1.75 with Leisure Card. Sessions last one hour: 11am - 12noon, 12.30 - 1.30pm & 1.45 - 2.45pm. Places limited.  Book on the day at Portsmouth Museum reception or on 023 9283 4779 or just turn up.

June 2016 

Cumberland House

Thursday 2nd June

Butterflies & Minibeasts

Enjoy art and craft activities inspired by butterflies and minibeasts.  A Creation Station workshop suitable for children aged 2-11.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Cost: £3 per child / £1.75 with Leisure Card. Sessions last one hour: 11am - 12noon, 12.30 - 1.30pm & 1.45 - 2.45pm. Places limited.  Book on the day at Cumberland House reception or on 023 9281 5276 or just turn up..

Cumberland House

Saturday 4th June

Mythical Creatures

Design your own mythical creature inspired by museum displays and make a clay model to bring it to life.  Family activity with Natural Selection Learning.  Suitable for children aged 6+.   All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £2 per child / £1.20 with Leisure Card. 11am - 12noon and 1.30 - 2.30pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance.  Telephone 023 9281 5276 or book at Cumberland House reception.

D-Day Museum

Monday 6th June 2016

Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

More details of events to follow nearer the time.
Museum open 10am - 5.30pm

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesday 8th June 

Poetry workshops for adults

Join writer Denise Bennett for a two-part poetry workshop inspired by Edward King's atmospheric paintings of Portsmouth in the 1940s.  Both experienced and new writers are welcome. 
Session one: Explore different ways of stepping into a painting and use memory and imagination to write its stories to life.
Session two is on 22 June, see below.
Cost: £7 session one only / £3 with Leisure Card. £10 both sessions / £5 with Leisure Card. Both sessions run 10.15am - 12.15pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 023 9283 4744.

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesday 22nd June

Poetry workshops for adults

Join writer Denise Bennett for a two-part poetry workshop inspired by Edward King's atmospheric paintings of Portsmouth in the 1940s.  Both experienced and new writers are welcome. 
Session two: A follow-up workshop with advice on how to develop and improve your writing. (Session one is on 8 June)
Cost: £7 session one only / £3 with Leisure Card. £10 both sessions / £5 with Leisure Card. Both sessions run 10.15am - 12.15pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 023 9283 4744.

D-Day Museum

Saturday 25th June 2016

Free admission to the D-Day Museum to mark Armed Forces Day.

More details of events to follow nearer the time.
Museum open 10am - 5.30pm

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Saturday 25th June

Amazing Minibeasts

Explore the wonderful world of insects with bug-themed activities and crafts.  Family drop-in event with Natural Selection Learning to celebrate National Insect Week.  Suitable for children aged 6+.   All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: £3 per child / £1.75 with Leisure Card. 1pm - 4pm. Please note, if the event proves very popular you may need to wait and we may not be able to accommodate everyone.

July 2016 onwards

Portsmouth Museum

Wednesdays 14th September & 28th September

Poetry workshops for adults

Join writer Denise Bennett for a two-part poetry workshop inspired by Edward King's atmospheric paintings of Portsmouth in the 1940s.  Both experienced and new writers are welcome. 
Session one: Use Edward King's paintings of bomb-damaged buildings plus photographs, archives and objects relating to life in Portsmouth during the Blitz as starting points for writing that conveys the drama and emotion of war.
Session two: A follow-up workshop with advice on how to develop and improve your writing.
Cost: £7 session one only / £3 with Leisure Card. £10 both sessions / £5 with Leisure Card. Both sessions run 10.15am - 12.15pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 023 9283 4744.

 

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