Welcome to the website for the Portsmouth History Centre

Our Archive services are delivered from Portsmouth History Centre at the Central Library. We aim to inspire everyone to explore Portsmouth’s archive heritage by collecting and preserving the records, stories, and collective memory of the people of Portsmouth, and enabling access to these records locally, nationally, and internationally.

History Centre news

New acquisitions

We’ve recently acquired a copy of The Borough of Portsmouth (with Gosport, Fareham and Havant) and the Isle of Wight directory for 1872-73, published by Percy and Co. The directory has an A – Z commercial listing for the areas of Landport, Portsea and Southsea, as well as Ryde, Fareham and Gosport.