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Portsmouth Museums News Archive

Selected past news from our museums

2016: D-Day Museum awarded funding from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
The D-Day Museum is receiving a grant of £4m from the HLF to support the transformation of the museum. Read more about it here.

2014-2015: D-Day Museum's work with young people and local communities
We want to ensure that the story of D-Day can be communicated to a wide range of people. To help achieve this, we work with the local community. Read more about these projects on the D-Day Museum website.

A Tale of One City Website
Want to find out more about the people and places which tell the story of Portsmouth? is Portsmouth’s community history website. You can add pictures, memories and new entries of your own to the site to help build an online archive. What are you waiting for? Tell us your tales.

2014: First World War Centenary 
2014 marked 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museum. The partnership will present a global programme of cultural events and activities from 2014-2018 to commemorate the centenary. Portsmouth Museum has been awarded £97,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for Lest We Forget - a project during 2014 which will commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War.

February 2013: We've caught the Fly!
Thanks to grants and generous public donations we are going to be able to acquire a watercolour  painting by Thomas Rowlandson which depicts the stagecoach called the 'Portsmouth Fly' for the museum collections. Grants from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Art Fund have been promised for a large proportion of the cost. Further generous donations from members of the public and the Portsmouth Museums and Records Society, our 'Friends' organisation have ensured that this is one 'Fly' that isn't going to escape!
The painting shows the stagecoach racing towards Portsmouth on the London Road with Portsea island, Portsmouth Harbour and Southsea Castle in the background. Rowlandson was probably one of the most popular and well known artists of the 18th century and travelled to Portsmouth several times. It will join his famous painting 'Portsmouth Point' already in our collections, providing a different perspective. The museum has few paintings that show what Portsmouth was like in the 1790s so we are delighted that we will soon be welcoming this picture to our collections.
We are very appreciative of the generous donations made by several people and organisations, without their help we would not have been able to even consider the purchase of this special painting.