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Wyllie Lectures

The W L Wyllie Lecture Series began in June 1999 covering topics of local interest, taking place on the nearest convenient Wednesday to the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes. As many found June and September lectures difficult to attend due to the sailing and summer holiday season, the four lectures are now held Wednesday evenings in October, December, February and March.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ALL OF THE UPCOMING LECTURES ARE ON HOLD WITH REVISED DATES TO BE CONFIRMED.

Topics range over many aspects of local history, events and characters, with the occasional "rogue" of particular appeal to us.

Lectures start we try to start promptly at 19:30, so suggest arriving at around 19:00 to be greeted with a glass of wine or fruit juice prior to the lecture.

Speakers usually give around an hour's illustrated talk. There then follows an opportunity to ask questions while enjoying more wine and fruit juice, with cheese and biscuits. We cater for a maximum of sixty, a mixture of members and their guests.

Upcoming Wyllie Lectures and lectures held each year since 1999 are all shown in the Calendar.

Tickets are currently £7 and go on sale at least three weeks in advance and may be purchased from:

  • The PSC Bar at 21 Bath Square, Old Portsmouth, 023 9282 0596
  • From First Fitness, 37 Clarendon Road, Southsea, 023 9282 5017
  • By emailing wyllie@portsmouthsc.co.uk

A reserve list is available as sometimes tickets are returned.

W L Wyllie, the renowned marine artist, lived in Tower House from 1906 until his death in 1931 and was a founder member of Portsmouth Sailing Club in 1920. He also founded the 1st Portsmouth Sea Scouts and was a leading campaigner for the preservation of HMS Victory. We are indebted to the Wyllie family for allowing us to use his name for this series.

Last updated 16:52 on 29 September 2020

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