Thursday, March 10, 2016

Percy F. Westerman at Fareham

Percy F. Westerman will be sailing in to Westbury Manor Museum on Saturday 19 March at 10.00am.
Discover why Fareham was so important to Percy Westerman.

Admission is free.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Celebration of The Boy’s Own Paper at The Annual Westerman Seminar

The 2016 Annual Westerman Seminar is now only a matter of a few weeks away. The seminar from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 13 February at The Memorial Library, Portsmouth Grammar School is sixth seminar dedicated to the life and works of Percy F. Westerman, the Portsmouth born writer of children’s adventure stories and his contemporaries. The theme of this years seminar is The Boy’s Own Paper, an iconic title that survived without change from the very first issue published in January, 1879 until its final disappearance from the newsagents shelves 88 years later in February, 1967. ‘Whatever boys do makes up the mixture of this little book’ was the translation of the latin slogan (Quicquid agunt pueri nostril libelli farrago) which the famous Boy’s Own Paper used to win over generations of young readers. The weekly paper was a clever blend of exciting fiction, from writers that included Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and Portsmouth’s very own Percy F. Westerman, bolstered with articles covering new science, technology, history, crafts and sports

This very friendly and informative seminar organised by the Portsmouth based Westerman Yarns organisation, includes sessions on Arthur Conan Doyle, George A. Henty, Dr Gordon Stables and of course Percy F. Westerman, all of whom contributed to The Boy’s Own Paper story. In addition there will be displays from the Conan Doyle Collection (Portsmouth Museums Service), The Research Collections of the University of Worcester, some rare BOP editions on loan from various private collections and a selection of antiquarian and rare children’s books for sale.

Places at the seminar are £17.50 including all refreshments and a buffet lunch. Advanced booking is advised by contacting Nigel Gossop at The Westerman Yarns. Telephone: 023 92 37 55 94 or email:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Westerman Yarns Newsletter Issue 6

The latest edition of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter has just hit the inboxes of our Friends and the feedback is all good.  Very many thanks for your responses, it is good to know that we are getting it right.  The pdf versions remain free of charge. To get yours simply click on the Friends of The Westerman Yarns link in the right-hand panel and complete the rather clumsy on-line form.

The paper copies are going out to subscribers this weekend.  These are £5.00 each inclusive of UK postage and packing.

All of the back issues are available priced at £3.50 each. Please contact us for postage and packing costs before placing an order.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Westerman Yarns Postcards

We have just taken delivery of some fine, stylish postcards; images from the Westerman Yarns Collection.  They are a snip at £3.50 per set plus postage and would look great as a framed collection.  I will be shopping for a suitable frame and mount myself this week and will post the results on this site very soon.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Percy F. Westerman books at Portsmouth City Museum

A Hard Choice is a major exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum which explores the stories behind Portsmouth’s collections of art and design.

 What do a Turner watercolour, a 13th century cosmetic jar and a gramophone painted by Dora Carrington have in common?  They were all acquired for Portsmouth Museums during the curatorship of Rosalinda Hardiman over the past 35 years. Rosalinda is the ‘Queen of Eclectics’, a curator with wide ranging interests and full of arcane and quirky facts.

Showcasing the diversity of Portsmouth's collections, Rosalinda reveals the stories behind the objects and the hidden world of the curator. The exhibition will share her knowledge and joy in museum collections. Fine and decorative art will feature strongly.  Many items have not been displayed for over thirty years, including prints by Walter Sickert. A group of fifteenth century ceramics from south-east Asia will be on show for the first time in this exhibition.

Community Collections Showcase
Visitors to
A Hard Choice are also able to see highlights from three collections owned by Portsmouth residents.  The collections were chosen from the entries in a public competition and will be shown in turn in the Community Collections Showcase:

Percy F Westerman
(1876 - 1959)
21 July to 27 September
Books from The Westerman Yarns Collection demonstrating changing trends in book cover illustration. 
You will also be able to see a short video of yours truly discussing why he collects books by Percy F. Westerman; my wife is quite interested in seeing this!