Portchester 1938-1948 – local memories wanted!

Following huge interest in the Portchester D-Day 70 booklet* published June this year, the Portchester Remembered group at the Portchester Hub is planning a new publication covering the period 1938-48. The group is keen to record how ordinary people lived and coped both during the war and the periods just before and after it. The project will document local civilian life (at home, school and work; in health, trade, leisure and the news) as well as military-related (armed service support, Home Guard, the POW camp and demobilisation). There is also interest in how the built environment and social patterns both changed over the decade.

Anyone wishing to contribute please contact Portchester Community Hub – in person; by phone 023 9221 0048 or email admin@portchesterca.org.uk – and a group member will get back in touch with them in due course. Relevant memories, stories, anecdotes, photos, and memorabilia are all welcome! The group also plans an open meeting in the spring to highlight to show progress so far – watch this space!

*“Portchester D-Day remembered” – have you got your copy yet? Free to Portchester residents aged 70 plus. Portchester Community Association, The Community Hub, 2 New Parade, 38 West Street, Portchester PO16 9UY