Local people invited to learn about city’s heritage

A walkabout to recognise and celebrate the city’s heritage is planned for later this month.

The Portsea Heritage Walk has been organised for Saturday 22 April 2017 from 10am starting at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Gate on The Hard, led by Dr Ann Coats, University of Portsmouth.

Since 2013 Dr Ann Coats, university lecturer in heritage property, has run the Portsea Heritage Project to engage students in the heritage of Portsea and its famous residents. A number of ideas have emerged, including a trail. This walk will gather ideas and opinions from walkers to develop this project for the future.

The route will explore a trail from The Hard to Victoria Park connecting heritage and green places.

The walk will last about two hours with refreshments halfway at St George’s Church in Portsea, with the event free and open to all.

Cllr Stephen Morgan, the city’s first ever heritage champion, is backing the project and planning to attend. 

He said:

“Portsmouth has a rich and diverse heritage. I am looking forward to joining other local people on this walk around some of Portsea’s assets and working with Ann and her team to develop this project and celebrate our heritage offer and make it more accessible for all local people”.

Organisers are advising attendees to wear weatherproof clothes and sturdy shoes if the weather is bad and to be aware of uneven pavements and some risk from moving buses, construction traffic, especially at The Hard. If the weather is too bad on the day the walk will be cancelled and rescheduled.

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