New Events this Year

Admiralty Experitmental Works (QinetiQ)

No2-Ship-Tank-at-HaslarA presentation and tour of the hydrodynamic and maritime life support facilities at QinetiQ’s Haslar site, formerly the Admiralty Experimental Works.  The presentation will cover the history of the site and the types of test that have been conducted in support of the Royal Navy since the late 19th  century.

Beer, Gas & Rubble

Beer gas RubbleThis is a tour around three lost roads/streets in an area originally nicknamed Bingham Town.  It consisted of Joseph Street, Henry Street and Willis Road, all leading to the Dump and the Gas Works.  Henry Street contained two pubs, The Sceptre and the Hope Tavern.

Town Twinning Talk

An illustrated talk on the most successful twinning in Europe.  The twin towns of Gosport and Royan have engaged in unbroken exchanges since 1959.




Meet the Marian Franciscans of St Mary’s

Outside St. Mary's Church - Barry ShimmonLearn about one of the oldest and most beautiful churches of the Catholic diocese of Portsmouth and how the Marian Franciscan friars and sisters are impacting on the local community.



The Development of British Aviation

Britain has paviationlayed a major role in the develoment of both military and civil aviation.  This presentation, illustrated with film clips from the hostoric FAST Film Archive, looks at the remarkable,and often daring, work of the scientists, engineers and test pilots from the Royal Aircraft Establishment and the aircraft they flew.


Cook’s Mission for Seamen & His Ragged School

A costumed YouWaterside Community Churchng queen Victoria and prince Albert visit Henry Cook’s site where he founded the Gosport and Portsmouth seaman’s mission, and ragged school in South Street.



The History of Bury House

Built in 17Bury House20, Bury House is one of the oldest houses in Gosport.  The talk will describe the fascinating lives of its residents over the 300-year history of the house.



Psychic Goings On at Monks Walk

Psychic Goings Monks Walk

Hear some spooky tales of psychic goings on around Monks Walk from Don Styler, who has been tuned in to things spiritual there for more than 50 years. Being held within the ‘end building,’ as it’s known, which was built in 1903 as part of the former Isolation Hospital and mortuary.


‘Lost Souls’ – a WW1 family story

LOST SOULSLocal lady, Bren Margetts, shares the story of her great-grandmothers life and the heart-rending fact that she lost 5 of her 6 sons during WW1.  This story is told within the atmosphere of Fort Brockhurst, from where many a soldier left to fight in ‘the war to end all wars’.


HMS Collingwood Heritage Collection

CollingwoodA rare opportunity to take a guided tour of the HMS Collingwood Heritage Collection. The Collection consists, mainly, of Royal Navy Wireless and Radar equipment from the 1890s to the 1980s.



Life as a Dockyard Matey

dockyard mateyRob Clark, author of the book ‘Keeping the Royal Navy Afloat – Life as a Dockyard Matey’, presents the working-life story of his father-in-law, William ‘Bill’ Cue, who lived in Gosport and worked as a plumber in Portsmouth Dockyard from 1934 to 1974.


Wildgrounds, a natural and not so natural history

The Wildgrounds represents one of the few remaining unspoilt woodland pastures in Hampshire, including magnificent ancient oaks over 400 years old.



The Vic Hutfield Story – The life and adventures of a Gosport engineer

Vic Hutfield Vic Hutfield was a pioneer in the transport world in the early 20th century, ambitiously building an array of vehicles and planes in his home town of Gosport.




The Fighting Cock’s Charity Raft Race

Raft RaceThe Fighting Cocks public house are hoping to restore a lost tradition in Gosport – The Raft Race.  To celebrate Gosport’s marine heritage with a water based activity where families can compete together.




Focus on Gosport Museum

Explore the town’s museum with a guide who is a ‘Friend of Gosport Museum’. Look at the photo files, open the drawers, view the cabinets and displays.

Meet the Local Authors

Chaplin Books is an independent publishing house launched in Gosport in 2010, specialising in books on social history and film studies.

Images of Forton Lake Wrecks – by Daniel Karmy

Forton Lake WrecksForton Lake is home to around thirty wrecked vessels of varying type, the majority of which arrived at the lake in the twentieth century.




The Torpedo – an illustrated talk by Peter Webberley

torpedo-peter-webberleyFind out all about the development of the torpedo in this illustrated talk by Peter Webberley. Peter’s speciality is Maritime Studies but his research nowadays is mainly for his own amusement and also to swell the archives of The Society for Nautical Research (South).



RCY Heritage Festival – Gosport Solent Brass plays ‘Fanfare for Gosport’

Solent Brass‘Fanfare for Gosport’ acknowledges and celebrates the heritage and people of Gosport, and each movement of the piece reflects an aspect of Gosport.





Heritage Fun for Children

Visit the Rowner Family Centre and find lots for children, of all ages, which will help them to explore heritage and their changing community through fun activities.


Stories behind the Collections at Fort Brockhurst

collectionsWho hid the bonnet cap and other stories…… Join curator, Pam Braddock, for a look at some of the collections held in store and hear some of the stories behind the objects.




Scrap Happy Quilters

quiltersThe Scrap Happy Quilters not only get crafty with scraps but they also get very creative depicting local scenes and heritage themes.




‘And Now We See the Soprano’

See the SopranoHoly Trinity are delighted to announce that Gosport’s Jennifer Parker-Lummis has agreed to to do a special performance for Heritage Open Days of ‘And Now We See the Soprano’ accompanied by Karen Kingsley on the piano.



Amble the Alleyways of Old Gosport Town

Amble the alleywaysA guided walk taking in The horsefields, Boating Lake, Moat, Ramparts, Alleyways and the High Streeet, finishing at the Old Town Gates.

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