Capturing the Spirit

We are working for the Paulsgrove and Wymering Trust in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Museum Services on a 20 month project to put together a community archive for Paulsgrove and Wymering. 
The project will map out and preserve the uniqueness of the local community Spirit in this specific area. 
The need to capture it arises from the fact that the older (and first) residents of this area are beginning to age and we wish to capture all the information whilst it's in living memory. 
We have this window of opportunity to capture this special and unique time capsule of the Paulsgrove and Wymering community. 

We are looking to produce a heritage archive from all the material we produce that will be an excellent resource for the local community and a time capsule for telling the future story of Portsmouth.
We will interact with all ages in this project from 2 to 3 year olds in pre-school to older residents in local care homes, and everyone in between. 

We have excellent links to all the agencies working in the area through the local network group and other local forums and good access to local Facebook and other local area social media sites. 
Our work within the local area plan has involved conversations with local workers and local people. We discussed this idea widely and have been met with positive feedback. 
People are aware things are changing and are keen to capture 'The Now' before it disappears. 

We aren't looking to tread on any toes, and instead are looking to work with all of you here to gather stories and photographs in order to archive them within the museum and local community so the memories are properly documented and easily accessible to future generations in an easy to follow timeline. 

We are interested in hearing stories, looking at photographs, and working with you all to make this project a success. 

If any of you are interested in finding out more in person, we are available from Tuesday to Friday 09:30 to 16:30 and we operate from 147 Allaway Avenue. 

You can contact us via

  • Facebook, on our page Capturing the Spirit - Community Archive for Paulsgrove and Wymering 
  • Twitter @GroveArchive
  • Telephone on 02392 380 014
  • Email on


Please feel free to come and have a chat with us and find out more information. 
We look forward to hearing from you all soon.


147 Allaway Avenue 






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