Photos © Ellie Francis
The Bodleian library is lending Portsmouth Museum a 14th century copy of the charter granted by Richard I in 1194 to celebrate its 825th anniversary. The Portsmouth Charter will be on display at Portsmouth Museum from 19th April 2019 to 19th July 2019
On 2nd May 1194 the people of Portsmouth were given their first royal charter by Richard I who was based here while waiting to sail to France with his army. The charter outlines the king's wish for Portsmouth to develop as a royal town. It grants permission for a 15 day fair to be held in August (the Free Mart Fair) and a market on a Thursday every week 'with the same free customs as citizens of Winchester and Oxford have'.
To celebrate Portsmouth Museum will hosting an event 'Knights at the Museum' featuring Anglo-Norman enactment group Historia Normanis including combat, crafts and court re-enactments. Saturday 27th April from 10am - 4.30pm. See @PortsCityMuseum for more details.
During w/c 29th April there will be tours from Central library to the Lord Mayor's corridor to view the later royal charters. Also during that week there'll be workshops for adults and children on calligraphy and charter making at Central Library.
The Portsmouth Paper on the Charter written by Sarah Quail will be re issued to provide all the history of the period and the charter and the city museum will host an analysis workshop of the painting 'The Free Mart Fair' by Richard Ubsdell.