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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: April - May - June 
Also see our Exhibitions page.

March

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March

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 we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit. Please contact us on the day of your visit to check if the engines are in steam.

Tuesday 31st March

Portsmouth Museum

The Teddy Bear Doctors. Bring your teddy bear along for free advice on identification, age or ‘clinical’ needs from local experts and restorers, Julie and Amanda from Bear it in Mind.  Demonstrations of traditional bear making techniques throughout the day.
Cost - Free.  Small charge for repairs carried out on the day such as eye replacements and claw stitching.
Booking - No need to book, just drop in
10.30am - 2.30pm

April

Wednesday 8th April

Portsmouth Museum

Story times for families. Join story teller Michael O’Leary as he tells fascinating tales featuring objects on show in our major new exhibition, A Hard Choice: stories behind Portsmouth's collections of art & design.  Why not visit the exhibition beforehand to choose your own favourites and see if they appear in his stories?

Recommended for families with children aged 7+.  
Free.  No need to book; just turn up.

Sessions start at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm & 2.45pm and last approximately 40 minutes.

Wednesday 15th April

Portsmouth Museum

Exhibition Tours

Join Collections Manager Rosalinda Hardiman for an introductory tour of the exhibition A Hard Choice.  Learn some of the stories behind the objects on show and Rosalinda’s reasons for selecting them.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes.  
Free.  Pre-booking essential – call 02392 834744 or ask at Reception. 10.30am.

Thursday 16th April

Cumberland House Natural History Museum

Jurassic Art. Get arty with The Creation Station and make dinosaur themed crafts!
For families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost - £3 per child / £1.70 with Portsmouth Leisure Card.  Accompanying adults free.
No need to book in advance, just drop in (spaces limited)
11am-3pm

Sunday 19th April

Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle Wedding Fair. Our south coast wedding fairs bring first class venues and first class exhibitors together under one roof, making it easier for happy couples to create the wedding of their dreams.

Visit the magnificent Southsea Castle and be inspired for your big day. Southsea Castle Keep will be dressed for a wedding by Truly Scrumptious, and the marquee will be open for visitors and exhibitors.

Exhibitors include; cakes, photographers, rings, dresses

Castle open to public as usual

11am - 4pm.

Arranged by www.weddingexhibitionpromotions.co.uk

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

Saturday 25th & 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 we can not guarantee that the engine will be in steam on the day of your visit. Please contact us on the day of your visit to check if the engines are in steam.

May

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 conferences are 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! List of confirmed speakers:

Dr Simon Trew (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) - Photographers on D-Day.

Andrew Whitmarsh (D-Day Museum) - D-Day: the landing craft experience. Based on the archives of the LST and Landing Craft Association.

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.

Also hear about plans for the redevelopment of the D-Day Museum, with an opportunity to contribute your views.

For more information, please go to the D-Day Museum website.

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

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.

Other resources

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Line Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Details are correct at time of upload. Every effort will be made to keep this site up-to-date but Portsmouth City Council reserves the right to make changes to the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Tel: 023 9282 6722 Fax: 023 9287 5276

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