Free Event: Explore Rare Books, Art Collections and the University Archives

The University of Portsmouth is opening the doors to its Special Collections in a unique and free community event to celebrate the University’s 25th birthday. The University of Portsmouth Library is hosting a free event on Tuesday 25th July for anyone in the local area interested in learning about our special collections. These collections include the Read more

Election ’17: The Marshal and the Mayniac

Portsmouth-based historian and acclaimed author of The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion 1215-17, Richard Brooks, argues that important lessons from the medieval period should be remembered in this current age of Brexit, economic crisis and nationalist bigotry. 800 years ago, England was divided and beleaguered. Through ineptitude and treachery King John had lost Read more

Pompey Bar Room Banter 2: Lenny the Lime

West End actor and former lecturer John Oke Bartlett recalls Portsmouth’s rich (and bitter) history of bars and breweries. The Royal Standard in Edinburgh Road is one of those special gems that very nearly closed down in December 2013 but thankfully this little pub has had a reprieve and is open for business as usual. Read more

Pompey Bar Room Banter 1: The Tale of Tank

S&C contributing editor John Oke Bartlett has been collecting anecdotes from Portsmouth pubs for years. This one has an unexpectedly explosive denouement. There is nothing better than whiling away the time in an old pub with a pint of fine ale and engaging in friendly chitchat with the locals. The Nelson, now closed and long Read more

The Extraordinary People of Portsmouth: Mary Goodchild

In her latest profile of everyday yet remarkable Portsmouthians, S&C Contributing Editor Christine Lawrence meets a 103-year-old lady who recalls Zeppelins, D-Day and the Great Depression. Maud Mary Goodchild, known as Mary to her friends, a delightful lady and Portsmouth resident, was born in Brighton in 1913. She spent the first eight years of her Read more

Saved by the Rats Part II

Our Contributing Editor Gareth Rees concludes the harrowing story of a World War II serviceman from Portsmouth who was taken POW by the Japanese. Find Part I here if you missed it. I crawled through the mud down the sides of the prisoners’ huts but then had to cross about fifty yards of exposed ground Read more

Saved by the Rats: Stories of a POW Part I

In the 1980s, Gareth Rees advertised for a good personal story in The News. A man rang him and said he’d been a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II. When Gareth went to Waterlooville to meet the man he wasn’t sure whether to let Gareth into his flat because he noticed Gareth had Read more

The Chubb Lock: A Portsmouth Invention

The name of Chubb has been synonymous with the most secure form of locks for 200 years and it was in Portsea that the family business established itself in 1804. The late great local historian Tim Backhouse tells us more. Charles Chubb was born in Fordingbridge, Hampshire in 1779 and together with his brother Jeremiah Read more

If You Want a Nincompoop for Your Neighbour…

We reluctantly present some words of praise for Portsmouth’s most (in)famous Conservative by Sir Eugene Nicks QC, KBE: soldier, lawyer, lover, brother, mother and Policy Advisor to the All-Portsea Conservative, Regressive and Imperial Association (established 1799). Ladies, gentlemen and your valets, before I wax on and wax off about the scalding topic of the day, Read more

Tim Backhouse Season: The Magnificent Merediths

At his death in 1909, Portsmouth-born George Meredith was one of the most famous writers of fiction in England. But his relatives were quite intriguing too. The late historian Tim Backhouse decided to research the Meredith family back in 2012. George Meredith was born in Portsmouth on the 12th February 1828, his birthdate falling between those of two other Read more