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Paintings, sketches and prints by Garrick Palmer

At Portsmouth Museum

Garrick Palmer was born in Portsmouth in 1933 and continues to live and work locally. From 1945 to 1949 he was educated at St. John's College, Southsea, which he followed with a National Diploma of Design in painting and engraving from the Portsmouth College of Art and Design. He went on to study at the Royal Academy in London between 1955 and 1959 and was awarded the David Murray Landscape Scholarships in 1955, 1956 and 1957, the Leverhulme Scholarship in 1957, the Royal Academy Gold Medal and the Edward Scott Travelling Scholarship in 1958. Palmer also taught at Winchester School of Art, where he became a full-time tutor in 1962 and, in 1966, the head of the Foundation Department.

He retired from Winchester School of Art in December 1986, thereafter devoting himself full-time to his art. In November 2012, the Society of Wood Engravers awarded its 75th Anniversary Prize to Palmer for his Circular Forms series which exists in several editions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, and the Society of Wood Engravers. Several versions from the Circular Forms series feature in this new display alongside some early sketches he did as an art student in Portsmouth. The works on display are from the museum collection and include three pieces on loan from the artist.

On display at Portsmouth Museum until 22nd April, 2018. Admission free.

(1972/110) Standing Form No.11, acrylic on card. Image ┬ęGarrick Palmer
(1972/110) Standing Form No.11, acrylic on card. Image ©Garrick Palmer

(2005/738) Guildhall 1955, pen, ink and wash drawing. Image ┬ęGarrick Palmer
(2005/738) Guildhall 1955, pen, ink and wash drawing. Image ©Garrick Palmer

(2014/503) Broken Link, wood-engraving. Image ┬ęGarrick Palmer
(2014/503) Broken Link, wood-engraving. Image ©Garrick Palmer


Game Over: The Future of the Past

At Portsmouth Museum

Portsmouth Museum and Game Over are proud to present Game Over: The Future of the Past, the largest single private collection of TV games, home computers and consoles on display in the UK. From the first Pong TV game to the latest PlayStation console, this new free exhibition spans over 40 years of home video gaming.

Practice your retro gaming skills on a hand-picked selection of playable consoles and explore the history of the video game with over 140 machines on display. Also an exciting programme of events will be running alongside the exhibition. Game Over: The Future of the Past is a hands-on experience for veteran gamers and newbies alike - don’t miss it!


An A to Z of Natural History
At Portsmouth Natural History Museum, Cumberland House

Flamingo in A to Z exhibition

The natural world is incredible! Portsmouth Museums has over 114,000 natural science specimens collected both in the south east of England and further afield.

The A to Z of Natural History display features a selection of them. From tiny insects, to fossils which are millions of years old, you will be amazed at the variety in the city's collections!

There are several reasons for keeping and caring for natural science specimens.  They can be a valuable resource for helping us to understand the world around us, providing useful information about the flora and fauna in an area at a particular time.  Scientists can identify and analyse changes and predict trends for the future by comparing specimens from the same place collected at different times.  We hope that you enjoy this new display and that it inspires you to take a closer look at the natural world where you live.


Where are you going? Journeys in pictures from the collections of Portsmouth Museums
At Portsmouth Museum

Portsmouth's collections include many works of art that show people on the move. In this selection of paintings, photographs and prints people use different types of transport to travel on land, by water and in the air. Some pictures show recognisable places and familiar journeys - ferry trips on the Solent and people travelling around the city by bicycle or on foot. Others depict less obvious journeys and are more open to interpretation. So come on down to Portsmouth Museum and see where we can take you.