Portchester Remembered

Portchester Remembered book now published and available from the Hub!

PCA is proud to have launched its second book about the history of Portchester: Portchester Remembered 1938-1948. Four PCA volunteers collected memories from local people to write this book so that our proud Portchester heritage is not forgotten. You are entitled to a free copy if you were born in Portchester in or before 1948. Come to the Hub to get a copy today! 

Portchester Remembered 1938-1948 official book launch

The Portchester Remembered 1938-1948 book launch held on 25th August was a grand success. Contributors enjoyed seeing their memories captured in the book and displays and had a good time sharing stories for an afternoon. 

Pre-launch News

The pre-launch of the Portchester Remembered 1938-1948 project was a great success, with Suella Fernandes MP for Fareham also attending. Many anecdotes and stories were shared and it marks a great start to this exciting project.

£9,900 National Lottery grant for ‘Portchester Remembered 1938-1948’ project

Portchester Community Association CIO is today celebrating a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) via their Sharing Heritage1 programme.  This exciting project, ‘Portchester Remembered 1938-1948’, based at Portchester Community Hub and led by the Portchester Remembered 1938–1948 steering group, has been given £9,900 to find out more about local life during this decade.

This exciting initiative developed from last year’s ‘Portchester D-Day Remembered’ project when it became clear local people had much more to tell about Portchester life before, during and after the war.  The project will explore the impact these changes had on ordinary people at home, in the workplace or at school as well as in the forces presenting a new and hitherto unrecorded picture of local life at the time.

Portchester Remembered 1938 - 1948 will encourage people to talk about how their lives, the community and how the built environment changed over this 10 year period through recorded memories which will be transcribed and then published.  The project will cover pre- and post-war memories of everything from shops and businesses to leisure, fashion, rationing and diet.  Photos, correspondence and other artefacts from the time will help bring the finished publication to life while copies of transcribed material will be passed to Hampshire and Portsmouth archives.

Volunteers will be trained in research, recording and transcribing, public speaking and other related skills while local groups and societies will be supported in using material within the local community through talks and exhibitions.  The finished resource will also be available to health professionals and care homes for use in reminiscence projects or stimulating those with memory loss.

Kate Tame, Chair of the Steering Group, said: “This is fantastic news for Portchester, and for the Association.  The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will help us to preserve these memories of the local community from a time gone by, saving them for future generations but also using them for a variety of community activities and to provide volunteering, training, health and educational opportunities.  We plan a formal launch of the project in early September when more information on how people can be involved will be available so watch this space!”

Commenting on the award, Gerry Kelly, Chair of the Trustees said: “This is tremendous news and offers a wonderful opportunity to capture memories first hand of ordinary people and the community during the pre and post-war period, to fill knowledge gaps and record history for posterity.  The grant also allows for volunteers to train in useful skills and for resources to be shared locally once the project is complete.  We have many people dropping by the Hub to tell stories of times gone by – now we can offer the time and place to listen to them properly!”

Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Sharing Heritage provides a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted that, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re able t to offer this grant so that Portchester Remembers 1938 - 1948 can embark on a real journey of discovery.  Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”

Portchester 1938-1948 – local memories wanted!

Following huge interest in the Portchester D-Day 70 booklet* published June this year, the Portchester Remembered group at the Portchester Hub is planning a new publication covering the period 1938-48. 
The group is keen to record how ordinary people lived and coped both during the war and the periods just before and after it.  The project will document local civilian life (at home, school and work; in health, trade, leisure and local events) as well as military-related (armed service support, Home Guard, the POW camp and demobilisation).  There is also interest in how the built environment and social patterns both changed over the decade. 
Anyone wishing to contribute please contact Portchester Community Hub - in person; by phone 023 9221 0048 or email admin@portchesterca.org.uk - and a group member will get back in touch with them in due course.  Relevant memories, stories, anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia are all welcome! 
The group also plans an open meeting in the spring to show progress so far and highlight main areas of interest - watch this space!

*“Portchester D-Day remembered” - have you got your copy yet? 
(Free to Portchester residents aged 70 plus).  Portchester Community Association, The Community Hub, 2 New Parade, 38 West Street, Portchester PO16 9UY (in the precinct).