Portsdown U3A

Local History Group
  • Last Updated: 25 Jan 2017


A well known local historical landmark

A well known local historical landmark

 Local History Group


Hi, and welcome to the Portsdown U3A Local History Group webpage; thanks for dropping in.
We have a thriving Group of 16 members, at the time of writing, and we aim to make our meetings a friendly forum for the discussion of any aspect of local history, from identification of unknown photographs, to the discussion of the changing face of Cosham High Street, for example; or even what constitutes ’local’ history.
We endeavour to be an active Group, in that members are encouraged to research whatever aspect of local history interests them. If a member encounters a ‘dead end’, or some other snag, with respect to their research, it can be discussed at the meetings in the hope that another member can suggest an alternative strategy, or line of enquiry. Currently members are investigating such diverse topics as:

19th Century Portsmouth Canal and Railway Routes.
Admiralty Telegraph System
Drayton Institute
Rev. R.R. Dolling

In addition, the Group has embarked on two joint projects. All local historians both enjoy, and can gain information from, studying old photographs. So we are attempting to produce a visual record of our ever changing local urban environment, as it stands at the moment, for the use of future generations of local historians.
Our second Group project is tied in with the centenary of World War I, and it’s impact on Portsmouth. Specifically, the Group has commenced to look at the Battle of Jutland, in which a total of over six thousand British sailors lost their lives. While the massive losses on the Western Front are, quite rightly, well remembered, this large scale loss of life at sea is rarely recollected. In particular we are looking at the impact on the residents of Portsmouth, the local families who lost a husband, son, or father: and on Portsmouth as a town; the geographical areas where bereavement was concentrated. Wherever the sources available will allow us to go.


It is not all ‘cerebral’ however; as we do organise visits to places of interest locally. Within the past year we have visited the Ovium Museum in Chichester, the Living Village in Gosport, and RAF Tangmere.
So, if any of the above sounds interesting, and you are, are about to become, or are considering becoming, a member of Portsdown U3A, we would be pleased to see you. We meet once a month, at The Church Of The Resurrection, Penarth Avenue, Drayton, at 10am on the first Monday of every month, except August. Though, if it happens to fall on a Bank Holiday, the meeting is the second Monday.

Local History Update December 2016

Local History Update Aug 2016

history group magazine April 2016

Local History Update July

Local History March

Group leader: Steve Doe


Email: contact@portsdownu3a.org.uk