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Raymond Charles Riley (1931–2019)

No one who has browsed the local history sections of our libraries or few remaining bookshops can have failed to notice the name of Ray Riley, and we would imagine that most of our members possess at least one of his many publications. He was amongst the most prodigious writers on the City of Portsmouth, a stalwart member of and

Annual General Meeting 22 May 2019

The Portsmouth Society's Annual General Meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at the Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3HS. After the formal business, Dr Sue McClory will offer a talk on Frank Matcham, who is considered to be one of the greatest British theatre architects of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.     Links to meeting documents

Struggle and Suffrage in Portsmouth – Wednesday 17th April, 7pm

Following their popular series of paperbacks on towns in the Great War, Pen & Sword published a follow-on series entitled "Struggle and Suffrage", with local historians and authors again being asked to write about the experience of a town or city of their choice. Sarah Quail has the distinction of writing both the 'Great War' and 'Suffrage' volumes for Portsmouth, and will talk

John Holland Obituary

It is with great sadness and still some disbelief that we bear the news of the recent passing of our great friend and long-time member John Holland. His lymphoma returned on top of complications, and having chosen to forego further treatment, died at the Rowans Hospice on 24th January. John joined the Portsmouth Society management group and trustees of the charity

Design Awards 2018

The Portsmouth Society is delighted that two new buildings are winners in their Design Competition. The city’s new Bus Station on the Hard, with its soaring roof sheltering waiting passengers, who can see their buses arriving through the transparent walls. Interchange with the train station and ferry terminals is easy through 3 well-positioned entrances/exits. Designed by AHR Group and built

Groundlings’ historical tours

Discover the history of the Old Beneficial School on one of Groundlings' historical tours. Explore the truth surrounding Charles Dickens' birth and learn of former pupil Sir Henry Ayers, the man who became a rock in the middle of Australia. With guided tours and illustrated talks by costumed actors taking you through the sights and sounds of this wonderful Georgian school, our

Design Awards 2018

One of the most prestigious events in the Portsmouth Society’s programme is the Annual Design Awards - Wednesday 24th October 7pm Royal Maritime Club. Our President, Dr Celia Clark, will present the judges’ considerations on the buildings and landscapes completed before the end of 2017 that have reached the necessary criteria for each category. Photos and expert opinion

WWI Museum Visit – 19th September

WWI Museum Visit - 19th September Members and their guests are invited to a private tour of the WWI Museum by Charles Haskell. A one-hour guided tour includes unusual tales from WW1 and stories behind the exhibits plus time for any questions. Following this, people can then explore further on their own if they wish. There are 9 steps to the museum

July Meeting – Air Quality in Portsmouth

At our member’s meeting on Wednesday 18 July we welcome Mike Dobson of FOOPA who is very active in the area of air quality and all aspects of traffic regulation, and is sure to give an enlightening and empirically based view of Portsmouth's problems. World Health Organisation data confirms Portsmouth as having some of the worst pollution levels in the UK, hardly surprising given the

Researching a Building’s History and Portsmouth History Centre

Notes from February's Meeting         Drawing on his long experience as the local history officer and archivist with PortsmouthMuseum Services, Dr John Stedman gave a highly informative talk on aspects of tracing building history, and the extent of the collections in Portsmouth History Centre on the 3rd floor of the Norrish Central Library. Most of you will have used this at some time - for those who have