Posts Tagged ‘Portsmouth’


February 20, 2012

This month Portsmouth City Council are promoting Scamnesty, a campaign to make people aware of the various scams that take place through the post, e-mail, door-to-door, etc. There is a stall at the Library, too.

A History of Council Housing in Portsmouth

February 15, 2012

Portsmouth has a long history of council house provision. For example, there are early examples along Curzon Howe Road in Portsea, where a memorial stone laid in October 1912 can still be seen. This story timeline, commissioned by Portsmouth City Council, captures the history of social housing in Portsmouth and Leigh Park and includes some excellent early photographs of buildings and street scenes.



Portsmouth poems

November 30, 2010

New here:

about a new collection of poems about our home city.

As wells as The News printing some, you can hear some here: (search for ‘poems’).

Time Team in Portsmouth

October 18, 2010

About a year ago, Thing of the Day was able to catch a few glimpses of an episode of Time Team being filmed in Portsmouth, with the assistance of researchers from the University. Here is some more information:,118813,en.html

Love Your Bike Portsmouth

May 27, 2010

This is BIG Green Commuter Challenge Week, when many commuters will hopefully be exploring more sustainable ways of getting to work. Sunday 30th May also happens to be a day to celebrate bike culture during the Love Your Bike Portsmouth event, which is sponsored by The University of Portsmouth Creative Campus Initiative and Portsmouth City Council’s Health Town’s Initiative.

TOTD was particularly intrigued by the Gocycle, which forms part of a display in a shop window in Southsea. There’s a lovely animation of how it works on the Gocycle site.

Telly Savalas looks at Portsmouth

January 18, 2010

Possibly of only local interest (or for Kojak fans), this is blast from the past:

History in Portsmouth

November 30, 2009

The webmaster of this excellent site recently visited The University Library in search of large scale maps that would support the development of the 1860 (Old Portsmouth) Project. The aim of this programme is to accurately model Old Portsmouth as it was in 1860 using 3D  technology. The model is very well executed and each section is accompanied by fascinating facts and archive photographs. There is also much useful detail about people, events and places in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth’s Pubs

November 4, 2009

Look at the 1867 1:500 County Series map* of The Point and the area around St Thomas’s Church in Old Portsmouth and you can count at least 30 public houses and taverns. These are all on a sheet covering a little over 38 acres, and much of that is water! Portsmouth has a long history of pub building and this excellent site provides a great guide to both exisiting and closed pubs. The inclusion of many archive photographs makes it particulalry interesting.

[Thanks to BJ for this suggestion]

* The complete set of 1:500 County Series maps of Portsmouth can be viewed in our Map Library.

Demolition webcam

May 20, 2009

Work on a new £9m Dental Outreach Centre, scheduled to open in September 2010, has begun on a site close to the University Library. The Centre will not only train dental students but also provide improved access to NHS dental services for Portsmouth residents.

A live webcam has been set up so you can view progress. Initially that will mean demolition of the existing Town Mount building, which should be fun to watch.

Time Team

May 8, 2009

Following on from yesterday’s archaeological theme, TOTD has discovered that Channel 4’s Time Team are here in Portsmouth excavating the area around the Garrison Church. So if you’re in the area why not pop along and see what they’re up to?

You can find out more about the Time Team programme here:

And find out more about the Garrison Church and what the Time Team might find here: