Discovering the Guildhall is an exciting heritage project, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, that will bring to life the memories and historic events that surround Portsmouth Guildhall. Culminating in the production of a digital archive, two short documentary films and a major exhibition, the project seeks to preserve people’s memories for future generations.
Memories we have had so far:
At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. We worked on the principal that WW3 was imminent, and Portsmouth Guildhall would be a good aiming point. And instead of suffering, we decided we’d go out with a bang and head to the Guildhall steps.”
Earliest memories of playing on the steps and trying to climb on the lions while waiting for a bus. Seeing the crashed war plane in the goods yard (now civic offices) while travelling on the top floor of the bus.
I’d led quite a sheltered life but then I saw Motorhead here at 15. I remember being quite nervous and then the manager came over the tannoy and said ‘The management take no responsibility for loss of life.’ And I was terrified but it was brilliant. It was the loudest concert I’ve ever seen.
Please note, Portsmouth Guildhall and its exhibitions are currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Discovering the Guildhall Exhibition will give a fascinating insight to the music, civic and social history of Portsmouth Guildhall including two 15 minute films, recorded memories, archive material and memorabilia.
Opens Monday 27th January – Friday 27th March!
Opening days/times will be subject to change due to the venue programme. Please check availability before your visit on 023 9387 0200.
A digital archive of memories will be launched in Summer 2020. It’s not too late! You can still come forward and share your memories to be included in the archive. Submit your memory below, visit our Memory Booth in Portsmouth Guildhall or if you have items of memorabilia you would like to share please contact Discovering the Guildhall Project Manager, Nicola Peacock on 023 9387 0193.
Which legendary concerts at the Guildhall have you attended – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who? Were you there when HM Queen Elizabeth II reopened the venue in 1959? Did you see the Guildhall after it was gutted in the Blitz in 1941? Have you ever performed on the stage or worked there? Did you meet your partner at the Guildhall? Do you have any tickets, programmes or merchandise you would be happy to loan, gift or that may be copied?
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
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