Staff recommendations

Fratton Park turnstile

" Why I love it...

I think this is a great object as it reminds me of my first trip to Fratton Park. You’d have to queue up to pay the man sitting behind the turnstile, then he’d release the brake and it would clunk around. This meant you were now in the ground – which was always a magical feeling. Hundreds of thousands of people would have passed through this turnstile, and no doubt some were lifted over it!

Andy, Operations Officer

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‘Study for Dorset Coast’ by Charles Ginner. Watercolour, dated 1922

" Why I love it...

I’m really not sure what it was, but something about this watercolour grabbed me straight away. It’s most probably because the picture reminds me of the kinds of places I went on camping and caravanning holidays in Dorset as a child – finally getting out to explore after Dad had navigated the caravan down seemingly endless country lanes. I’ve since taken a look through more of Ginner’s coastal works and find them all very evocative of time and place, even though there’s often not much in the way of reference points (and we saw the coasts at very different times).

David Howells, Digital Marketing Officer

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Earthenware vase decorated in Chinese style

" Why I love it...

I’ve always loved this Chinese-style vase, it always catches my eye whenever I visit the Decorative Arts Gallery at Portsmouth Museum. I think the vibrant colours and the design is so striking. I would love to have a vase like this at home.

Mel Elliott, Museums Marketing Officer

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Corner cupboard by Duncan Grant

" Why I love it...

Theatrical, flamboyant and bohemian; not bad for a 1930s pine cupboard!

Susan Ward, Curator of Art

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Wedgwood vase

" Why I love it...

One of my favourite things; in stunning cobalt-blue, with hand applied floral detail; a trail-blazing, gorgeous piece of British ceramic history. They don’t make them like this anymore.

Susan Ward, Curator of Art

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Octagonal oak table by A.W. Pugin

" Why I love it...

Hunt out this huge and beautiful example of design by A.W. Pugin – you can’t miss it! Although we love the inlay work and the Gothic look it is a challenge to move as it is exceptionally heavy!

Katy Ball, Collections Registrar

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‘Orion’ stoneware pot

" Why I love it...

Don’t miss this amazing 1937 large stoneware pot by Margaret Rey in the Fine and Decorative Art gallery. What’s great from a distance is the colour and form, but as you get closer the details of the decoration start to appear. Look out for Orion and his horses.

Katy Ball, Collections Registrar

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Flower Fete and Fayre poster

" Why I love it...

What’s not to love about this glorious piece of 1930s design? Everything from the way the flowers are drawn to the lovely colours and great period typeface make this something I would definitely hang on my wall!

Katy Ball, Collections Registrar

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Memorial plaque to Sergeant John Francis and Gunner John Hammond

" Why I love it...

I like this memorial as it is very beautiful but also very moving. It only records two names from a naval disaster in which 472 men lost their lives and I always think about all the others and who they were.

Katy Ball, Collections Registrar

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Boring machine

" Why I love it...

I love this machine, it is so rare and the story it tells so important. Used in Portsmouth Dockyard, these were the first all-metal production line machines and were used to make blocks for ship’s rigging. Marc Brunel invented them and his famous son Isambard was born here because of them!

Katy Ball, Collections Registrar

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Workhouse Organ

" Why I love it...

I love this because it is perhaps not something you would expect to find in a museum. The decoration is fantastic and it has a fascinating history as it comes from Portsmouth Workhouse.

Katy Ball, Collections Registrar

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PVC corset by Vollers

" Why I love it...

I think this is a great object, it might not be quite what you are expecting to see and also shows how the Portsmouth corset industry has survived and adapted into the 21st century.

Katy Ball, Collections Registrar

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