Discovering the Guildhall

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:

Saw Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. He had to plea with his parents for £1.25 for the ticket (usually shows were only 60p!)

David Sawford

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.”

Malcolm Garlick

1964 Eisenhower returned to Portsmouth for a D Day celebration event, Bob saw him on the steps of the Guildhall.

Bob Hind

Get In Touch

Working with a steering group which includes The Portsmouth Music Experience, The University of Portsmouth and The Portsmouth History Centre, the project has engaged with over 40 local volunteers who will work in a variety of roles including oral history interviewers, transcribers, archive researchers and assisting with exhibition and film making.

We are now asking for people to come forward and share their memories. Submit your memory below 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?

Memories in full

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