Portsmouth Museum and Records Archaeology Collection

The Archaeology collection has been gathered since 1945 from sites in south-east Hampshire. The bulk of the collection is formed by a number of major archaeological archives which are the result of research and development-led projects.

We now collect only from within 15 miles of Portsmouth Guildhall. Material from outside this area should be deposited with Hampshire Museums Service.

There is also material from small projects and stray finds, donated by professional and amateur archaeologists and interested members of the public.

Important archives held in the collection include: Oyster Street in Old Portsmouth, Bevis Grave Saxon cemetery, Rowlands Castle Roman Pottery Kiln and the Palaeolithic site at Red Barns. Material within the collection includes: flint, pottery, ceramic building material, glass, leather, metalwork, wood, animal and human bone. Artefacts range from the Lower Palaeolithic through to the Post-Medieval period.

Historic Environment Record

Portsmouth City Museum is also the home of the Portsmouth Historic Environment Record (HER), one of the sources of information on the historic environment of Portsmouth. The HER was formerly known as the Sites and Monuments Record (SMR). The HER database includes records of archaeological sites, find spots, monuments and historic buildings. It also includes information on designations such as nationally and locally listed buildings and scheduled monuments..

Enquiries from all areas of the community are welcome: from students undertaking research, members of the public examining their local history, and professional organisations such as developers and archaeologists making use of the data for commercial purposes. Portsmouth Museum Service maintains copyright on all information provided.

The Historic Environment Record Assistant can undertake some small enquiries but a charge will be made.  For further information please contact the Historic Environment Record Assistant.


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