Gosport Society Charity number 289942 © all rights reserved - See the Society’s constitution here

Charity number 289942

50 Years Promoting Heritage in Gosport

1970 to 2020

To educate and inform the public about Gosport’s civic and social history, heritage, demographic and geographical character.

To promote and support high standards of town planning and architectural design in the built estate; especially in respect of designated conservation areas and Listed buildings.

To secure the preservation and protection of historic buildings, gardens and public open spaces, and places of public interest in the borough.

To promote research into the history and social development of the borough and to publish print books and guides for the benefit of residents, tourists, research scholars and municipal agents.


Society objectives

An elected executive committee meets monthly to consider and review matters that inform the objectives of the society.

A series of illustrated talks on topics of civic and historical interest are provided for members on a regular basis in an accessible public venue.

A varied social programme including dinners, excursions, museum visits and musical events is organised on a continuous basis throughout the year, often reflecting a seasonal emphasis.

A planning sub-committee meets regularly to study documentation from Gosport Borough Council (GBC) focused on planning applications in the designated conservation areas of the borough. This sub-committee has scheduled liaison meeting with the professional planning and conservation officers of the borough.

The Society responds to queries from the general public and research scholars seeking information on people, places and historic events. To facilitate this, the Society maintains print and photographic archives that can be referred to on request.

A twice yearly newsletter is circulated to all members. Active links are maintained with similar organisations such as Historic England, the Hampshire County Records Office in Winchester, the Royal Naval Museum and the Maritime Archaeology Trust, vice maritime archaeology Trust..

The Society is an active regional publisher distributing its current publications for sale through accessible outlets that include : The Gosport Tourist Office at the ferry terminal – Waterstones bookshop in Fareham – the Discovery Centre in Gosport High Street – the Pump House Café in Royal Clarence Yard- and the Bookshop in the High Street in Lee on Solent.

Society activities

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Society membership

The Gosport Society invites you to become a member. Annual subscription is currently £12.00

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