People with a connection to Portsmouth can now search the collections of the city’s museums to discover weird and wonderful historical artefacts from their local area.

Portsmouth City Council’s museums service has launched a new and exciting online catalogue that brings history to life and allows people to search for history from their area of the city – right down to the street they live on.

The catalogue covers a range of subjects, including entrepreneurial women, ancient artefacts and paintings showing parts of Portsea Island when it was still farmland. The catalogue can be searched by area or street name.

The project is a celebration of the work the museums service has undertaken over 120 years to collect artefacts from the local area. Some of the featured objects are on display at Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum, Cumberland House Natural History Museum, The D-Day Story, Eastney Beam Engine Houses, Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery or Southsea Castle. Others are not currently on show, but now local people and others can enjoy the rich collection of Portsmouth’s history in digital form wherever they are in the world.

Just some of the items available to view online are:

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of the Council, with responsibility for culture, said: “As a Pompey local born and bred, I’m really excited about Portsmouth museums’ newest launch. I hope lots of locals, whether they still live here, or have moved away and are looking for a taste of their roots, will dive deep into the depths of our amazing history, be fascinated by these objects, and talk to one another about the strangest thing the museum has from their area!”