A step behind the facade of the Portsmouth Guildhall Along the traditional council meetings, inquests and official engagements in the Lord Mayor's parlour, it is now home to a thriving cafe, a language school, and a free to use business lounge.
Another prime example of the Guildhall's open door policy is Access All Areas, a museum celebrating the history of rock 'n' roll music and popular culture in Portsmouth. Since opening last year it has expanded to include a permanent exhibition the rock opera Tommy, a small cinema, and is soon to get its own recording offers on pandora bracelets studio. Nigel Grundy, 66, of Southsea, who volunteers in the museum, said: 'We have a view from the windows of the museum out over the war memorials next to the Guildhall. 'That's when we realised, that all this music that's happened over the years wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for those who served. 'I thought that contrast was poignant. 'Music has been so important to the Guildhall and to Portsmouth over the years, and this is an ideal place to showcase it.' The Guildhall's best known room is the main auditorium, which hosts everything from weddings with more than 1,000 guests, to graduations, comedy gigs and wrestling matches. But even that has a few secrets, including what stands hidden behind the blue facade at the back of the stage. Mr Prewitt said: 'Inside there there's a huge concert organ with 1,660 pipes ranging from a 16th of an inch to 16in across. 'It's not been played in a long time.' He said visiting auditorium was a highlight of the tours. 'There's always huge excitement on people's faces when they get to go on to the stage.' Mr Prewitt said he had started working at the guildhall five years ago as a doorman, before becoming an overnight security guard with two colleagues, working 14 hour shifts. 'That's when we got the knowledge and a love of pandora beads cheap prices the building,' he said. The role was eventually made redundant by the introduction of security alarms, and Mr Prewitt was given the chance to become a concierge. Guildhall tours run every pandora bracelet beads Tuesday at 11am and Thursday at 3pm and are free.
Call 0844 847 2362 for more information and to arrange a place. History on the wall IT'S a little known, but fascinating chronicle of Portsmouth's history. An entire wall of the guildhall's council chamber features wooden panels listing every mayor and lord mayor for the pandora aussie past five centuries, as well as snippets on the major events that happened in their time of office.
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