We Love Portsmouth, We Love This!

In our bid to bring you all the wonderful things we know and love about Portsmouth, we have just discovered this little treasure that we’d like to tell you about.

The Arts project; Journeys Festival (www.journeysfestival.com) which is taking place in October this year in Portsmouth, has produced a booklet highlighting objects which illustrate Portsmouth heritage and culture: Pompey In 15 Objects

See how many of these things you know –

  1. The Mary Rose ship  – built in 1511
  2. The pepper mill found on the sunken Mary Rose – ship sank in 1545
  3. The Royal Cannon from The Mary Rose – cast from bronze in 1535
  4. Fire curtain at New Theatre Royal – added in 1972
  5. Sun-burner (a ventilation chimney) at New Theatre Royal – added in 1900
  6. Theatre lights at New Theatre Royal – electric lights first installed in 1882
  7. Ship Wind Vane at Cathedral Church of St Thomas Portsmouth – model made in 1770
  8. Portsmouth Cathedral itself built 1186 added to in 1680s and extended in 1980s
  9. Tondo of Madonna and Child in Cathedral Church of St Tomas Portsmouth – a sculpture given as a gift in 1945 – the Florentine sculptor Andrea Della Robbia (1435-1525)
  10. Bodkin Cup in Portsmouth Guildhall made in 1525/6 from silver gilt.
  11. Charter in Portsmouth Guildhall – founding charter from 1638 for Portsmouth, RhodeIsland USA
  12. English Football League Division 1 Trophy (2003) in Portsmouth Guildhall
  13. Portsmouth Football Club Match recording in Portsmouth City Museum – an oral history made from the 1980s onwards
  14. The Lost World in Portsmouth City Museum written in 1912 by sometime resident Arthur Conan Doyle (better known for writing the Sherlock Holmes stories)
  15. Victoria Park in Portsmouth City Museum painted in 1956 by Nathan Golding-Lamble


To get a lot more information, and some great pictures, get a copy of your  booklet Pompey In 15 Minutes at the Theatre Royal, City Museum, and other places named above or from here Journey’s festival