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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. Lectures are now held on a Wednesday in October, December, February and March for those who have found June and September lectures difficult to attend in the sailing and summer holiday season.

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

Lectures start at 19:30. You may arrive from 19:00 to be greeted with wine and fruit juice.

Speakers usually give 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 at £7 are on sale three weeks in advance:

  • Over the PSC Bar at 21 Bath Square, Old Portsmouth, 023 9282 0596
  • From First Fitness, 37 Clarendon Road, Southsea, 023 9282 5017
  • By emailing

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 23:27 on 28 November 2019

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