COLLECTORS are being given a chance to show their most prized treasures to the public.
They can apply to Portsmouth Museum for a chance to have highlights from their hoards put on public show.
Judges will pick their favourite three, and a selection from each one will be displayed for two months each between March and September.
The collections will feature alongside a new exhibition at the museum called A Hard Choice, which starts on February 14.
It was put together after the museum was awarded a Sharing Heritage grant of £9,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The exhibition will feature around 120 favourite objects from the city’s museum collection, chosen by collections manager Rosalinda Hardiman.
Councillor Linda Symes, who is in charge of culture, leisure and sport for Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘We’re very lucky to have some wonderful treasures on view in our museums.
‘But it’s not often that ordinary people get a chance to show the world their collections – the treasures they’re passionate about.
‘We’re calling this project the Community Collections Showcase, because a selection from each collection will be in its own showcase in the exhibition.
‘Anyone who lives in Portsmouth can apply, we want to hear why they collect what they do, and what makes the objects so fascinating.’
The closing date to apply is February 15.
To find out more go to the exhibitions section of the website portsmouthmuseums.co.uk