Exhibition

Monday, 27th January 2020 - Friday, 27th March 2020

FREE

Please note: Portsmouth Guildhall and the ‘Discovering the Guildhall’ exhibition is closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Discovering the Guildhall Exhibition gives a fascinating insight to the music, civic and social history of Portsmouth Guildhall including two 15 minute films, recorded memories, archive material and memorabilia. 

Generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, working with Portsmouth Museum Service and The Mary Rose Museum, the project reached out to members of the public to reminisce and share their memories of the iconic venue online, in recorded interviews and in a fun memory booth at the venue.

Local residents and those now living overseas have kindly loaned and gifted personal items and shared fond memories of the Guildhall from pre-war to present day.

These memories are now brought together and presented in a compelling free exhibition of the music, civic and social history of Portsmouth Guildhall, telling the story of the iconic venue from the night it was devastated in 1941, to its rebuild, rise to fame through its legendary music performances, to present day. Stories are captured in two 15 minute films, recorded memories, archive material and memorabilia.

Located in the Bronze Door area on the 1st Floor of Portsmouth Guildhall, the exhibition will be openly accessible to the public from Monday 27th January – Friday 27th March, 9am – 5pm weekdays and 10am – 2pm Saturdays and accessible on show nights for ticket holders. (Subject to availability, please check opening times before visit).

The project has engaged a new team of over 40 volunteers who have helped unearth archive material, record interviews and worked to create a permanent digital archive to be launched in March 2020, to which people will be able to continuously add their memories for years to come. The volunteers have also delivered talks, arts-based outreach workshops and reminiscence sessions with schools, care homes and community groups across the city.

Some of the wonderful memories shared include those of the legendary concerts and acts people have attended, the prices they paid – including just 50p to see Ella Fitzgerald, their memories of Guildhall Square, playing on the steps, seeing the building bombed out and even tales of who has taken a nap in the Lady Mayoress’ bedroom!

Event details


Age: 14's and under to be accompanied by an 18+ adult


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Discounted parking tickets are available online or at the box office.


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