Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust (PNBPT) has launched its new Historic Quarter Pass, which will see the return of free entry into the 12-acre Portsmouth Historic Dockyard site.  

Included in the new pass will be access to our Shipshape Network South East project Boathouse 4, where visitors can see vessel conservation and traditional boatbuilding skills in action at the International Boatbuilding Training College, IBTC Portsmouth.  Also on display in Boathouse 4 is the exhibition “The Forgotten Craft” which tells the heroic stories of the small boats which were the backbone of the Royal Navy.  The top floor restaurant has fantastic views over the pontoon where Boathouse 4's historic vessel collection, including VIC 56, MGB 81 and Foxtrot 8, are moored. 

In Boathouse 7, visitors will be able to follow in the footsteps of a dockyard apprentice and learn about boatbuilding techniques and heritage crafts as part of the Dockyard Apprentice exhibition.  

Pass-holders will also be able to visit Storehouse 9, which is currently hosting resident artist Pete Coding; Arthur Beale, the historic chandlery that opened at the Dockyard this summer after the closure of its long-established London shop; and many other shops and eateries - they can even have a picnic in the Porters' Garden!

PNBPT CEO Hannah Prowse, told Portsmouth News that this was part of the first phase of her long-term goals to help transform how people view the dockyard:

"We want to transform the historic quarter of the dockyard into a destination.  This is your local history.  These are your grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ history; this is how they made their living and why they lived in Portsmouth.

"I want people to feel that sense of ownership and kinship with the place. We have a beautiful history and heritage in the city that I want to celebrate."

Visitors can still buy separate tickets for access to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose Museum, and boat trips on the Dockyard's historic vessels such as motor gun boat MGB 81 and landing craft Foxtrot 8

"After an incredibly challenging 18 months, it’s a brilliant milestone for us to be able to grant free access to the Historic Quarter for all to enjoy," said Hannah Prowse.

"We are incredibly grateful to all those who’ve visited the grounds since August 2020.  As a charitable trust, the support from visitors was vital in keeping us operational during the pandemic and maintaining the livelihoods of many businesses and partners at the dockyard.

"But now, it’s time to ensure our rich heritage is given back to the community; history should be enjoyed and made accessible to all."

The Historic Quarter Pass can be collected from the Dockyard Visitor Centre during standard opening hours. 

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Source: The Portsmouth News

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