Community project explores city history

VISIT Clare Rawlyk and Sandra Brown enjoy a trip to the Dickens exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum. Inset, the knitted mice.
VISIT Clare Rawlyk and Sandra Brown enjoy a trip to the Dickens exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum. Inset, the knitted mice.

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COMMUNITY groups rolled back the years as part of a project which explores the history of Portsmouth.

Residents made films, magazines and posters about life in the neighbourhoods they grew up in as part of a city-wide project called A Tale of One City.

VISIT The knitted mice.

VISIT The knitted mice.

People created things relating to the time of Charles Dickens as part of the lottery-funded project, which was set up by the council in the run up to the Victorian novelist’s 200th birthday.

And everyone came together to celebrate what they had made over tea and cake at Portsmouth City Museum.

Members of Fratton Live at Home club, which meets at Fratton Community Centre, had made 12 six-inch knitted mice wearing clothes related to the time of Dickens for the project.

Clare Rawlyk, 70, a member of the club who lives in Landport, said: ‘We wanted to make mice because it’s something a bit different. We put them in Victorian clothes and some of them are carollers which is apt for the time.

‘Church was very much a way of life during Dickens’ time.

‘I’m so proud of Portsmouth’s history.’