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



26th November 2018 Southampton Docks by Alistair Welch [director ABP]

28th January 2019 Southampton Old Cemetery by Geoff Watts

25th February 2019 our AGM with our President the Mayor of Southampton in the chair. We ask members attending to contribute food items and prizes for a raffle. Our guest speaker Jim Zalles FRSA the lead in organising Mayflower 400 in 2020

25th March 2019  Mourning Memorbilia and Jewellery a talk by Margaret Braddock

29th April 2019 [date avoiding bank holiday] Archaeology Finds at St Mary's
by Dr Andy Russel

20th May 2019 [date avoiding bank holiday]

From Blitz to D Day: Southampton in World War II by Dr Cheryl Butler

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 TBA

25th November 2019 The Jubilee Sailing Trust by Andrew Milner

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 8th

   Hampshire's First Pilot

   Mike Gibson

February 5th

History of Hydraulics

Steve Skinner

March 5th

The Southampton & Salisbury Canal revisited

Jon Sims

April 9th

Lucy Houston, the Lady who saved the nation

Colin van Geffen

May 14th

Swaythling Remount Depot.  Supplying Horses for war service

John Fish

June 4th

Silk stockings & Spitfires

John Smith

July 2nd

Women on the Railway

Becky Peacock

August 6th

The Queen Mary before & after the war

Stephen Hoadley

September 3rd

Aspects of Military Archaeology in the Ridgeway Region

Don Summers

October 1st

Northampton not Southampton: 
Industrial Heritage around a Midlands County

Peter Stanier

November 5th

Annual General Meeting

December 3rd

Victorian Humour

Alan Brindle






Millbrook Local History Society

Meetings at 7-30pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road
1st November 2018 Victorian Mourning and Funeral Practices by John Avery
6th December 2018 Christmas Social Evening Mince Pies Sherry or two and Christmas Draw



 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


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



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  



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