Lottery cash to help fund project looking at the history of punk in Portsmouth

Two punks strum their stuff on Southsea prom in 1991
Two punks strum their stuff on Southsea prom in 1991
  • New project will look at the history of punk in Portsmouth
  • Havant College students will help gather materials
  • Heritage Lottery Fund gave £30,000 to the scheme
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A MAJOR new project has been launched to mark the 40th anniversary of punk and examine its cultural impact, particularly in cities like Portsmouth.

To celebrate punk’s major influence on British culture and to support a new generation in discovering the history of punk in the city, The Portsmouth Cultural Trust has been awarded a £30,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The money will help the trust to deliver a project called ‘Provincial Punk in Pompey: investigating and celebrating 40 years of Portsmouth’s musical history and heritage’.

Punk’s ‘do-it-yourself’ ethos had particular resonance in cities and towns not normally associated with the music business and in communities badly affected by the economic downturn of the time. It had a very strong following in Portsmouth, hit especially hard by redundancies in the dockyards.

Students from Havant Sixth Form College will work with Portsmouth Library Service to gain insight into this time in Portsmouth’s history. A documentary will be created by students which will feature testimony and archive material from locals who experienced the punk scene first-hand.

Distinguished designer and founder of fashion label Red or Dead, Wayne Hemmingway, will also be giving a talk to the students on the influence that punk had on his work.

Materials collected will be collated into a permanent exhibition to run alongside the existing Portsmouth Music Experience exhibition at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

The film and exhibition will be launched at a gig to be held at Portsmouth Guildhall on November 17. A pop-up shop selling punk merchandise produced by fashion students will form part of the gig.

There will also be performances by a student punk band, formed as part of the project and from a reformed punk band renowned in the city.

Hayley Reay, learning and participation manager at the trust, said: ‘Encouraging young people to get inspired and explore their heritage is something that we are passionate about, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to deliver this in such a unique way.’