Location: Portsmouth Museum & Art Gallery

Grasshopper and Cricket Workshop

Learn how to identify different species of grasshoppers and crickets in this one day workshop through talks and exercises using specimens from the museum’s and tutor’s collection. The afternoon will be spent on Portsdown Hill looking at grasshoppers and crickets in the field and applying the identification techniques learnt in the morning.

Tutor: Bryan Pinchen, consultant entomologist and author.
Suitable for adults aged 18+. Ideal for beginners and those looking to improve their insect identification skills.
Advance booking is essential as there are only 20 places available. Tel: 02392 834744.

Bumblebee Identification Workshop

Most people are familiar with bumblebees as several species visit gardens. Learn how to separate bumblebees from similar looking insects and how to identify the 24 species found in Britain. The afternoon will be spent on Portsdown Hill looking at bumblebees in the field and applying the identification techniques learnt in the morning.

Tutor: Bryan Pinchen, consultant entomologist and author.
Suitable for adults aged 18+. Ideal for beginners and those looking to improve their insect identification skills.
Advance booking is essential as there are only 20 places available. Tel:. 02392 834744.

Crime Scene: Insects!

What on earth do insects have to do with crime? They are more than just a fly on the wall witness, and this workshop will demonstrate exactly what investigators use insects for. You will even get to attempt some crime-solving methods using flies and maggots…

Come and try something a bit different with staff and students from Portsmouth University’s Criminology and Forensic Studies course.

Where: Portsmouth Museum
When: Thursday 30 May
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3pm.
Suitable for: Children age 10+ All children must be accompanied by an adult. Max 2 children per adult and 2 adults per child.
Cost: Free. Booking is advised as places are limited. Please telephone 023 9281 5276.

Knights at the Museum

Join the re-enactors of Historia Normannis as they transport you to 1194, to celebrate the 825th anniversary of the granting of Portsmouth’s first charter by King Richard I.

Enjoy displays of 12th century combat, discover more about the everyday life of Anglo-Normans and see period skills authentically re-created. There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands-on and ask questions, and there will be talks and displays throughout the day – including a 12th century fashion show!

Please note that due to nature of this event there will be no public parking available at the museum throughout the day.