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Postcards from Portsmouth

1 June 2015 | 17:30 - 5 June 2015 | 17:30

Portsmouth’s rich array of art, design, history and popular culture will be the focus of a series of public talks hosted by the university’s School of Art and Design.

Entitled Postcards from Portsmouth, the talks will offer views of visual culture in the city. They coincide with this year’s Graduate Show at the university. Speakers will discuss subjects ranging from the Mary Rose and Portsmouth’s maritime history, to cinema’s past and new technologies.

Clare Barnes, Learning Officer at the Mary Rose Trust, will discuss her recent work related to this important historical icon. Clare will provide an overview of collaborations between the Mary Rose Trust and museums, educational and community organisations.

After several successful exhibitions devoted to cinema usherettes, Eva Balogh, Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, will offer a celebration of these great icons of movie history. Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews, Eva will present an intriguing, historical view of usherettes in Portsmouth, their rise to prominence in the 1930s and 1940s, and gradual demise in the 1950s and 1960s.

Simone Gumtau, Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture, will offer a contemporary take on Portsmouth’s maritime industry, discussing how her own design work is breaking new ground with respect to the maintenance of ships. Simone will provide an introduction to the new technologies with which designers and engineers are working together for the future of seafaring on the south coast.

All talks are free, but advance booking is essential. Visit our eventbrite page to reserve a place


  • Monday 1 June, 5.30pm. Clare Barnes, The Mary Rose, Collaborations and Knowledge Exchange. Eldon Building, room 1.10. Free Admission.
  • Wednesday 3 June, 5.30pm. Eva Balogh, Stars in the Aisles: The History of Cinema Usherettes in Portsmouth. Eldon Building, room 1.10. Free Admission.
  • Friday 5 June, 5.30pm. Simone Gumtau, Data Visualisation and the Future of Portsmouth’s Shipping Industry. Eldon Building, room 1.10. Free Admission.


1 June 2015 | 17:30
5 June 2015 | 17:30
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Eldon Building
Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2DJ United Kingdom

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