The Nao Victoria Comes to Gunwharf Quays Marina

From Thursday 6th until Sunday 9th April, The Nao Victoria docks in the Gunwharf Quays Marina, giving guests the chance to step on board. Head over to Gunwharf Quays for your chance to experience what it was like to explore the world 500 years ago on the Nao Victoria. You’ll get …
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Apr 2017

Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum reopens with free entry

Portsmouth’s Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum celebrates its reopening with three days of free entry. The museum opens for the summer season on Friday 31st March, and marks English Tourism Week with free admission through to Sunday 2nd April. The building, in Old Commercial Road, will then be open every Friday, …

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World War II Weekend

The World War II Weekend returns to Action Stations in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March 2017, commemorating the 76th anniversary of the second Blitz of Portsmouth, which saw Boathouse No. 6 — home to Action Stations and No. 6 Cinema — caught in …
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Mar 2017

Heritage & Cultural Careers Fair

The University of Portsmouth History Society team up with the Mary Rose Museum to host their Heritage &  Careers Fair on Wednesday 1st March. This is a perfect opportunity for post-graduates to meet a range of professionals who’ll be showcasing graduate opportunities in the cultural and heritage sectors. Build valuable …
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Mar 2017

HRH The Princess Royal to open ‘Women and the Royal Navy’ exhibition

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Patron of the Women’s Royal Navy Service Centenary (WRNS100) will officially open the ‘Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy’ at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Wednesday 8th March 2017. HRH The Princess Royal held the …

Notorious Navvies at Fort Nelson

Head to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson this February half term and find out about the people who built this impressive fort – the notorious navvies. There will be tonnes of fun for the kids with ‘navvy challenges’ and traditional Victorian crafts, plus you can find out all about the work …
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Feb 2017

Role of women in Royal Navy celebrated in exhibition

A new exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard reveals the remarkable stories of naval women. The exhibition celebrates the recent government announcement that women will soon be able to join any branch of the Royal Navy so long as they have the necessary …

Kings Theatre Southsea awarded £9,900 for Theatre of War project

Portsmouth’s Kings Theatre have been awarded £9,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for their new Theatre of War heritage project. The project will focus on the social context of World War One and the role of the provincial Edwardian playhouse in a busy port city. The Kings Theatre …

New building named after man who discovered the Mary Rose

The legendary gentleman who launched the successful search to find Henry VIII’s iconic warship, the Mary Rose, has been honoured, as a new building is named after him. The late Alexander McKee, a local author author, military historian, and amateur diver, led the team which located the wreck of the …

Royal Navy destroys German bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have destroyed a 500lb German bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour. The WWII device was found at 5:00am on the morning of Wednesday 16th November 2016 by a barge dredging the harbour ahead of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s arrival next spring. The bomb was towed out to …

Mighty Mortars at Fort Nelson

As part of the nationwide Museums at Night festival, Portsmouth’s Fort Nelson offer a rare opportunity for visitors to witness the noise and strength of their powerful guns. Head up to Portsdown Hill from 6:30pm through 10:00pm on Friday 28th October to discover what Victorian garrison would have been like, …
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Oct 2016