Museum opening hours: 10AM to 5PM.

A Tudor image of Portsmouth: the Cowdray picture and early maps

Learn how Portsmouth looked 500 years ago, in this lively and fascinating talk.

The Cowdray Picture shows the sinking of the Mary rose as she defended Henry VIII's England from a French invasion attempt in 1545. It also gives us a wonderfully detailed view of Tudor Portsmouth.

Together with contemporary mapping of the town it shows a vision of Portsmouth as it looked almost 500 years ago.

Dr Dominic Fontana presents a lively and richly illustrated talk combining Tudor art, geography, history and archaeology to explore and better understand the Cowdray picture and Tudor Portsmouth.

View Portsmouth revisited, a stunning display of paintings and prints of the city dating from the late 17th century to the early 1900s, before or after the talk.

Doors open at 6pm and the talk starts at 6.30pm.

  • 23, Jan 2020
  • Portsmouth-Museum
  • £5 including refreshments. Places are limited; please book in advance - call 023 9283 4744.

Portsmouth Museum

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