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They say that as one door closes, another opens, and that certainly seems to be true for Somerstown Stories. Today the evaluation materials are being sent off to the Heritage Lottery Fund, and that phase of this 2 1/2 year project comes to an end. It has been a fantastic project, and I’m delighted with […]

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We’ve already had some great feedback about the book from people who have just picked up their limited edition copy! Barry said: “I collected my copy today feeling very excited. What a great read and I can now fully appreciate the work and effort by numerous people to produce such a brilliant book. Thank you […]

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Copies of the ‘Somerstown Stories’ book are now available to collect from Somers Park School, Somers Road! You can go along anytime in the next two weeks, between 9:30am and 3pm. There is a list of people who have reserved a copy, and you’ll need to sign for it when you collect it. If you […]

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Somerstown as an area is made up of the most varied people and places in Portsmouth! As the Evening News put it in 1964: “There is a village like intermingling of the classes. In Somers Town men with university degrees may be seen engrossed in conversation with labourers.” I met with someone from the University […]

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‎30 pages and rising! The book about the story of Somerstown (including a bit about the project itself) is jam packed full of archive photos and fascinating facts. For example: did you know St Luke’s church was temporarily used as a stable until funding had been raised to finish it? The church was opened by […]

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Well work on the book continues apace, and meanwhile I’m trying to fit in just one or two final interviews before it gets finished and goes to press. One of these interviews was with a lady named Jean, who is the first person I’ve met who confirmed that there were two wattle and daub cottages […]

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Just to whet your appetite, here’s a preview of the book cover:     Please note this is a draft version only and the final copy may differ from this. The book will be hardback with a dustcover and the images inside will be in full colour, if they were taken in colour. If you’re interested […]

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It might seem as though everything has gone quiet, but in fact we’re busy, busy, busy! Behind the scenes our project leader, Sharon, is working hard on compiling and editing the book of the project. It covers Somerstown from the early 1800s up to the mid 1970s, and there are plenty of photos and stories […]

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Our final event is upon us! Today and tomorrow is your last chance to explore the archive maps, photographs and memorabilia before everything is handed over to the Local History Centre and becomes the ‘Somerstown Archive’. This means all the historical materials will belong to the people of Portsmouth and the archive can be added […]

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We had over 200 visitors at the Museum of Somerstown and the stories, photos and fascinating facts are still flooding in, three days after #MuSo closed its doors! Thanks so much to Steve & Daniel of NebMedia who organised the event, Sarah Dyer who volunteered for two days at the Museum, Guinness Hermitage for letting us […]

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