Editor John Avery - member Southampton Heritage Federation -  City of Southampton Society [Honorary Life Member]- Friends of Town Quay Park - Devon Family History Society - Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery [co-founder] [Honorary Life Member] - National Federation of Cemetery Friends - Huguenot Society of Britain and Ireland- The Southampton Fryatt Plaque [co-founder]
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Talks and Events

City of Southampton Society [charity]
The general meetings are held at the Edmund Kell Church Hall [ground floor] in Bellevue Road off London Road. There is a hearing loop and facilities for disabled visitors. The meetings start at 7pm. The February meeting is the AGM and our President the Mayor of Southampton takes the chair.[Please note SCC charge for cars to park on the street until 8pm].
We attempt to have a variety of talks and speakers, some make return visits especially when a presentation has been well received by the members.  
We normally meet on the 4th Monday of specified months but occasionally alter this arrangement to avoid clashing with public holidays such as Easter.
We welcome visitors to our meetings Image courtesy Will Temple



29 June 2019 outdoor visit to Nightingale Chapel Royal Victoria Country Park and lunch at Dancing Goose pub

23rd September 2019 The Story of King John's House [Romsey] by Barbara Burridge

28th October 2019 The Scratch Charity by Annette Davis

25th November 2019 The Jubilee Sailing Trust by Andrew Milner

27th January 2020  

Women’s Work - Women on the railway by Dr Becky Peacock

This talk will explore the varying roles of women on the railway between 1850 to 1945. Starting with the birth of the railways and covering the use of women in the use of women in times of war. Includes a short film shot in WWII. 

Visitors are welcome as guests

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society
A Meetings  are held at the Underhill Centre, St. John's Road, Hedge End, SO30 4AF at 7.45 PM on the first Monday of the month, unless stated otherwise.  Free Car Parking. Occasional visitors are welcome to attend at no charge




  January 7th

  The Royal Navy's Coastal Forces Stephen Fisher

February 4th

  The Burrell Build - final instalment Rob Fish

March 4th

  Great Western Railway in Devon & Cornwall Howard Sprenger

April 1st

  Trolleybus Technology - the early days John Stainforth

May 13th

  Along the Portsmouth Direct Railway [Portsmouth & Petersfield] Peter Keat

June 3rd

  The Panama Canal Jon Sims

July 1st

  The Development of Fastenings 
               - from their beginning an everyday technology

August 5th

  A look at Canal History - including its people & their art Terri Robinson

September 2nd

  The Flying Scotsman Stephen Hoadley

October 7th

  Underground Tunnelling used by both sides in WW1 Peter Jones

November 4th

  Annual General Meeting

December 2nd

  Twyford Waterworks Martin Gregory

Millbrook Local History Society

                                     Meetings at 7-30pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road

3rd January 2019
Leprosy in Southampton [John Avery] The Work of New Hope Rural Community Trust in India [Jill Ghanouni MBE]

7th February 2019
The Pilgrim Fathers 1590-1632 - Jake Simpkins B.A

7th March 2019
Southern Railway Servants Orphanage - Dr Becky Peacock

4th April 2019
Theme Parks & Chocolate. The History of Paultons Park - Gordon Lewis



 Friends of Town Quay Park

Gardening Group: The gardening group has now finished its work for the year and will start again when the weather warms up in the New Year.  We are always happy to welcome people to the group – no experience necessary just some enthusiasm and you can help keep the park looking good.

Park improvements: The rocks on the mound side have now been installed and it’s good to see people enjoyed the views from the mound and the new seating when weather permits. Plans for the East Side are in the process of being drawn up we will provide more information in the new year.

FEPOW memorial wreath laying: We laid a wreath on behalf of Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) at the memorial in the park on 11th November.  A small group of children from St John’s school joined us with some lovely hand-made wreaths they had created in school.  

Bob Hucklesby, a FEPOW veteran who arrived back in Southampton adjacent to Town Quay on an Italian hospital ship on 18th November 1945, came last year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of his return.  This year, he again organised the wreath laying which included a short service conducted by the BBC Radio Solent Padre and a professional trumpeter sounded Last Post and Reveille. The Exhortation was read by Walter Tuttlebee, one of the group of nine COFEPOW (children of far east prisoners of war) members present from the Bournemouth and District branch. Others in the gathering included three brothers, whose uncle died in Changi and a niece of an internee in Hong Kong.   


Bitterne Local History Society   Entry fees: Members £1.00 Non Members £3.00


Meetings of Bitterne Local History Society are held on the second Saturday of each month (except August) at 7.00pm in Bitterne United Reformed Church (entrance in the Precinct, next to Bitterne Churchyard) and the Iceland shop. Members £1 visitors £3

Saturday 12th
Mid Hants Railway (The Watercress Line): Past & Present
Dave Yaldren
Saturday 9th
Theme Parks & Chocolate: A history of Paulton's Park
Gordon Lewis
Saturday 9th
Bygone Bitterne
Ian Abrahams
Saturday 13th
WWI - Bitterne's fallen remembered
Martyn Basford
Saturday 11th
Talking Butts
Anthony Poulton-Smith
Saturday 8th
Carlton Crescent & Rockstone Place
Jake Simpkin
Saturday 13th
I do like to be beside the seaside
Simon Gomm
Saturday 10th
New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust in India (includes leprosy across the ages in and around Southampton)
Jill Ghanouni MBE
Saturday 14th
Heritage Open Day - No evening meeting


West End Local History Society

Talks are held at the Parish Centre in Chapel Road at 7-30 pm. Parking, facilities for disabled members and visitors, teas and coffees after the meeting. Visitors fee £2. 


University of Southampton Retired Staff Association

Visitors may attend the talks, a contribution of £2 toward the speaker cost would be appreciated. Visitors are welcome on the trips at just the regular trip cost.

Limited parking is available in the Salisbury Road (Gower) car park. Alternative parking on Pay and Display car park off University Road.

Talks begin at 2.0 pm


9 January      Talk by Chris Woolgar, The Wellington Archive at Southampton University’

      Bldg 02A, room 2077

Thursday 17 January NEW YEAR LUNCH at Southampton City College (further details later)

6 February         Talk by John Pitman.  ‘Village Life in the 1940s and 1950s’

                          Bldg 02A, room 2065

6 March            Talk by Jill Daniels, ‘The Magic of Madeira from 1419 to present day’

     A photo journey of this semi-tropical paradise.

   Bldg 46 (Physics) Lecture Theatre C, room 2005 (note Change of Bldg/room)

3 April    Talk by   Tom McInulty with dog Toby, ‘The Macular Society’

     02A, room 2077

1 May    Coach trip to Kew Gardens.  Information to follow from Joan Pawson.

5 June    Jill Ghanouni, ‘Leprosy in Southampton through the Ages’ for Bldg 67, room 1037

   (Previously this room was numbered 1027)

Honorary Secretary (For membership and meeting enquiries)

Mrs. Jan Richards

30 Botley Road

North Baddesley


SO62 9DQ

Tel:    (023) 8073 0705

Social Secretary (For trip enquiries and booking)
Mrs. Joan Pawson
59 Roewood Close
SO45 2JT
Tel:    (023) 8089 4326

Nursling and Rownhams History Group

Come to one of our talks and meet us at Nursling and Rownhams Village Hall in Nursling Street, Nursling  


10th Jan 2019

7:30pm at Village Hall

Talk: Guernsey Under German Rule in WWII

Speaker : John Richards

14th Feb 

7:30pm at Village Hall

Talk: Northington Grange, Alresford 

Speaker : Samantha Stones - Properties Curator for English Heritage

14th Mar 

07:30pm at Village Hall 

Talk: Mottisfont - Past and Present

Speaker : Lynn Willmott - Volunteering Development Manager for National Trust

11th Apr 

07:30pm at Village Hall 

Talk: James Nicolson - The RAF Fighter Command's only VC won over Milbrook & Rownhams

Speaker : Steve Alcock of Sky Solent Museum


Visit - D Day Story Museum at Southsea, Portsmouth

Meet at the Museum on Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, PO5 3NT  

Cost p.p. £8 Seniors, £10 Adults - please have correct money

Book with Liz by Friday 3rd May

THURSDAY  JUNE 13, 11:00 AM  

Visit  - Southampton City Art Gallery. Meet at  Civic Centre, Art Gallery Entrance.

Cost £7 pp. - please have correct money

Book with Liz by Thurs. 6th June

THURS JULY 11, 7:00 PM
Visit & Guided Tour  - All Saints Church, Compton   - Saxon Church rebuilt by the Normans

Meet at Church.  

Tour Guide : John Wilkinson

A Donation to Church appreciated

Book with Liz by Thurs. 4th July

THURS SEPT 12, 07:30 PM
at Village Hall 

AGM - Please bring along any "Items of Interest" that you may have and a "Guess Who Am I?" photo of yourself when you were young.

THURS OCT 10, 07:30 PM
at Nursling Village Hall 

HMS Alliance - Submarine Museum

Speakers : David Ottley

THURS NOV 14, 07:30 PM
at Village Hall 

The Victoria Cross Awards to the Hampshire Regiment in WWI 

Speaker : Nick Saunders

Lectern at RSH Hospital ChapelGuildhall courtesy Arthur JefferyCourt LeetQM2's first arrival Dec 2003Southampton Old Cemetery
Two mayors laying a wreathMayor's ParlourMural Hamtun Street SouthamptonThorners Regents Park Road
Ceremony to relay the foundation stone at the RSH Hospital in 2011Central Hall SouthamptonFriends of RSH Hospital ChapelSouthampton Art Gallery
 In the 1950's Southampton Council ran a fleet of Guy Arab buses, in fact it was the largest fleet of that marque in the UK
 A small number are lovingly cared for by amateur enthusiasts and are seen out and about from time to time.
The altar in St Julien's, the French Church in Southampton                       Site copyright 2018