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Wednesday 17th April, 7pm
Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth PO1 3HS
Struggle and Suffrage in Portsmouth: Women’s Lives and the Fight for Equality
Sarah Quail has lived and worked in the Portsmouth area for many years. She spent most of her career in local government and has written and contributed to a number of books and articles on different aspects of Portsmouths history. She is a member of the Church Buildings Council, a school governor, and a member of the board of management of her local arts centre. 
Wednesday 27th March, 7pm
Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth PO1 3HS
Transforming the D-Day Museum
In the lead-in to D-Day 75, we are pleased to announce that local historian and Researcher at Southsea’s D-Day Museum James Daly will be talking to us about last year’s much-praised transformation of the museum to present the story afresh, and about D-Day 75 events. James is author of “Portsmouth’s World War II Heroes”, and a counterpart volume on WW1, which you may have seen. The Museum has been shortlisted for European Museum of the Year.
Wednesday 20th February, 7pm
Royal Maritime Club, Queen Street, Portsmouth PO1 3HS
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – Dr Celia Clark
Society President Dr Celia Clark will talk on one of her areas of greatest expertise, Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard and the re-use of its rich heritage.”What can one do with a historic dockyard?” Sir Neil Cossons, Director of the Science Museum and chair of the Heritage Education Group at the Civic Trust set me this challenge in the 1980s. My wide-ranging research since then has been attempts at answers, based on complex regeneration experience, both in Portsmouth and around the world. Portsmouth Harbour contains a microcosm of all the challenges thrown up by finding new life for historic defence sites: the dockyard, Priddy’s Hard, Haslar Hospital, Cambridge, Eastney and St. George Barracks, Horsea Island, Forts Widley, Purbrook, Nelson, Spitbank, NoMansland, Horse Sand… so Celia Clark and Martin Marks are writing a book about what’s happened to them in the last fifty years. A small section of Portsmouth dockyard within the active naval base was leased by the MOD to Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust. This lecture explores what has happened there since the 1970s.