History of Portsmouth Dockyard and Portsea Short course


Geopolitics determined that Portsmouth would become Britain’s premier naval base, created by war. The new Tudor monarchy enhanced its capabilities by building a naval dock in 1492.

Portsmouth Dockyard was thereafter protected by fortifications and acquired victualling, ordnance and medical facilities. This complex infrastructure created Portsmouth’s sense of place, visible within the architecture and landscape design and reflecting social, cultural and environmental influences.

This walking tour will explore the Dockyard and Portsea to observe how a military fortress and workshop shaped local buildings and society. It's designed to explore the influence of history and historical architecture on today’s world.

This course is suitable for

  • built environment professionals

Course details


  • Venue: A walking tour of Portsmouth Dockyard and Portsea
  • Duration: Half-day

Date and time

  • Wednesday 15 June 2022
  • 1.15pm-4.15pm


  • £140

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll:

  • compare and contrast cultural and environmental factors which enhance the value and influence the retention of heritage property by individuals and society
  • appraise the complex relationship between residential, commercial and museum needs when developing strategies and policies for heritage property management and development
  • distinguish between various heritage conservation and planning strategies - such as Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas - used by national and local government


A senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, Ann Coats is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society. 

Since gaining her Doctorate for ‘The Economy of the Navy and Portsmouth: A discourse between the civilian naval administration of Portsmouth dockyard and the surrounding communities, 1650–1800’, she has studied the built and social heritage of Portsmouth Dockyard.

She teaches built environment heritage, regeneration, management and conservation, and the tangible/intangible heritage of Portsmouth and its harbour.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. 

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