Portsmouth’s history was told in annual pageant

Southsea Castle in 1923
Southsea Castle in 1923

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Southsea Castle, seen here from the seaward side in 1923, was the venue for the Pageant of Portsmouth, presented by the teachers of the town that year.

The pageant depicted significant events spanning 15 centuries of Portsmouth’s history. This was the first time the castle had been open to the public for 400 years.

The Old Portsmouth-based printing firm of Charpentier produced this popular postcard depicting the pageant, which ran from July 16-23, with profits going to the mayor’s charities.