From the earliest days of the city to the present, the people of Portsmouth have found ways to enjoy their time off. This gallery explores just some of them.
Take a look at the rise of Southsea as a resort and how this was promoted and encouraged by the council. This all took place alongside the development of piers and entertainment venues; with two piers offering a mix of music and theatre the resort was very well provided for.
Sporting activity in the city has a strong tradition. Find out about Portsmouth’s famous sailor Sir Alec Rose, who circumnavigated the world, and – of course – Portsmouth Football Club.
Visiting the pub or going for a lovely Italian coffee were popular and you can see material from the iconic Heart of Oak public house and Verrechias café on display.
Portsmouth had a thriving music hall and theatre scene. Many big names from London performed here, and there were also keen amateur groups regularly producing shows.