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People, Places & Topics

Nell Butler

Crimean Veteran who accompanied her husband to war.


St Mary Street

The Post Office Directory of Portsmouth 1859 shows a William Parsons trading at 31 St Mary Street as a chemist and druggist.  On the 17th June 1859 he was the victim of a robbery, his apprentice James William Brown gave this statement at the Court Sessions. “About half past six o’ clock last evening Thursday […]


Childhood Games

The pavements were often covered with chalk squares to play 'hopscotch'


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Tale of One City Exhibition wins Award

Posted February 05, 2013 at 03:49pm | 0 comments

   Well done to the City Museum, which has won the News Guide Award for Best Exhibition. Museums staff celebrated  as ‘Tale of One City’ was announced as Best Exhibition, at an event which honours the best entertainment in the area. Joining museums staff at the event were representatives from 3 of the community groups […]

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