Grant win for Cumberland House

Portsmouth City Council has been awarded a £79,700 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for a two year natural history project called: 'Wild about Portsmouth', which will share and raise the profile of the city's natural history collection.

The project will develop a group of 'Wild about Portsmouth' natural history advocates who will champion the city's collection. They will work alongside museum staff and volunteers to develop and promote the natural history museum.

The funding will also enable the museum to appoint a curator of natural history and an assistant who will deliver activities at Cumberland House as well as working on the collection in store.

Cllr Linda Symes, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport said: "The city has a fabulous natural history collection and this funding will make it more accessible to everyone: "The specialist staff will also help communities, residents and visitors get more hands on with our collection with natural his…

University of Portsmouth Choir Chichester Psalms Concert

The award-winning University of Portsmouth Choir will be singing the Chichester Psalms to celebrate 100 years since Leonard Bernstein’s birth.

The Choir, who recently scooped the Best Classical award at The News Guide Awards for their performance of The Messiah in March last year, will pay tribute to the legendary composer with a rendition of one of his greatest works.

The concert, which takes place in St Mary’s Church, Fratton on Saturday 17th March at 7:30pm, will also feature Janacek’s Otcenas in its original Czech and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man as the Choir sings an exciting array of choral repertoire.

Choir conductor, Dr George Burrows, says the four psalm texts of the Chichester Psalms, which is sung in Hebrew is “at once modernistic, powerful, dance-like, melodic and beautiful.”

Comparatively Janacek’s setting of the Lord’s Prayer Otcenas is just as distinctive and modern but was written some 60 years before Bernstein’s work and the musical language is more sparse and more Slavic.

Fabruary what's on

World leading expert on the history of the Suffragettes, Professor June Purvis, gave a public talk at the University of Portsmouth on Monday 5 February to a capacity audience. This year marks the centenary of some women getting the votes in the UK.
Portsmouth’s events include the blue plaque unveiling at the birth place of Hertha Marks Ayrton in Queen Street. She was a British engineer, mathematician, physicist and inventor who was awarded the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society for her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water.
February is LGBT History Month and is being celebrated in the city with a film festival, the result of a collaboration between the University and the Portsmouth Film Society. See the screening programme on uk
This week the Portsmouth BookFest was launched. The programme includes exciting author events as well as writing workshops and seminars at venues across the city. Go to for the full progr…

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion comes to Spring

Zoe’s band - “truly independent and original” - is at the cutting edge of the British blues scene and is coming to The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant on 1 March.

The band’s music is based around rootsy originals, featuring strong catchy riffs, unique arrangements and exciting grooves. They bring a fresh approach and vibrancy to the genre.

This group of talented musicians features Zoe on vocals, Rob Koral on guitar, Paul Robinson on drums and Pete Whittaker-Hammond on organ.

“Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude” Get Ready to Rock, Feb 2017.

“When it comes to sexy and sassy Zoe hits it out of the park” International Music News April 2017.

“Very nice song, beautifully delivered with superb guitar from Rob Koral”

BBC Radio 2 March 2017.

“Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion brought a different level of class to the main stage; lovely fluid guitar from Rob Koral and Zoe’s powerful, impassioned vocal”

Blues in Britain September 2016

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is at…

Remarkable new exhibition chronicles build of Royal Navy titans at the home of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

Seven years of chronicling the construction of the Royal Navy’s newest destroyers and monolithic aircraft carriers are the inspiration forShipyard, a remarkable exhibition by renowned Scottish artist Lachlan Goudie which opens at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 17 March. This is the first showing of Goudie’s Shipyard in England, following its successful launch in Scotland. The opening follows the much-heralded arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into her home port, Portsmouth, during 2017.
For the last seven years renowned artist, writer and broadcaster, Lachlan Goudie, who was a contributor on BBC’s Big Painting Challenge, has had special access to sketch and paint in the BAE shipyards on the Clyde and Forth.
Goudie is a Scottish artist who first developed a fascination with shipbuilding whilst growing up on the Clyde. As a child, it was the past glory days of ‘Clydebuilt’ ships that captured his imagination, not the stark reality of industrial decline …

Gunwharf Quays to host Dragon’s Den-style competition

Enterprising students from across three Portsmouth schools have been given the task of designing, developing and launching a tourism gift product as part of Made in Portsmouth, a programme aimed to inspire students about careers within the property and retail industries.

The programme was launched on the 1st February 2018, in partnership with Landsec and The Ahead Partnership. It will see a team of Year 10 students from three schools across the city are to compete to create a unique product to go on sale to the general public in the summer.

The students will be paired up with a coach from the Gunwharf Quays’ Management team to guide and mentor them through the development stage. Students will gain insight into the range of careers available whilst developing an understanding of business plans and marketing strategies.

Students from Portsmouth Academy, The Charter Academy and King Richard’s School have begun the process with a mentoring session, hosted at Gunwharf Quays. During this, t…

Creative choices at the Guildhall

Portsmouth Guildhall offers advice and support to young people considering career opportunities in the creative economy at its most successful Creative Choices Day yet.

Over 80 pupils from schools across the region attended Portsmouth Guildhall’s fourth Creative Choices Day, a day of workshops to inform young people about the range of careers available in the Creative economy, the UK’s fastest growing sector.

Year 9-11 pupils from Milton Cross, St John’s College and Mayville High School took part in sessions led by the Guildhall team on Front of House and Stage Management, working in live events with Ticketmaster International and a lighting workshop with White Light Ltd.

The free sessions gave pupils the opportunity to try out the different job roles for themselves and speak directly to experts in the industry who were able to share their entry routes, career paths and experiences with the students.

John Talbot, Artist Relations Development Manager for Ticketmaster International …