Editor John Avery - Southampton Heritage Federation - Southampton Local History Forum - City of Southampton Society - West End Local History Society - Friends of Town Quay Park - Devon Family History Society - Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery - National Federation of Cemetery Friends - Huguenot Society of Britain and Ireland- The Southampton Fryatt Plaque
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 City of Southampton Society

 Please note that from January 2014 SCC imposed street parking fee of £2 from 6pm to 8pm


22nd September 2014 The Tichborne Claimant by John Avery

24th October 2014 Hampshire Fire Service WWII by Alan House
24th November 2014 "Wipers" - the story of Ypres and "Poppies" the story of the emblem by Geoff Watts
Meetings are held at the Edmund Kell Church Hall in Belle Vue Road starting at 7pm. Visitors are welcome, facilities for disabled persons.   
26th January 2015 The History of St Julien's - the French church in Southampton ny Geoff Watts
23rd February 2015 AGM with our President the Mayor in the chair
23rd March 2015 The history of Post Boxes by Tony Cross
27th April 2015 TBA talk by Dr Hazel Inskip
18th May 2015 Roman Settlement in Southampton by Dr Andy Russel

Friends of Town Quay Park

Town Quay Park

Plaque awarded by CoSS and SCAPPS. Image Will Temple. 


Friends of Town Quay Park
Gardening Group
Gardening group will resume its regular sessions on 3rd Sunday of each month on   20th July 2014.
19th June 2014 at 7pm AGM [AGM Circular Papers state 7-30pm]

Events brought to you by:

The Friends of Town Quay Park

Hampshire Genealogical Society

The Bitterne, Southampton group meet in the Catholic Hall, Commercial Street, Bitterne next to Bitterne East Library at 7-30pm new members and visitors welcome
2014 details awaited

Southampton Local History Forum

An outreach service of Southampton Council Library Service
Free lectures on history and heritage subjects are held in the Northguild Lecture Theatre [entrance next to the Art Gallery Shop Kiosk [now closed]], Commercial Road entrance of the Civic Centre


19 June - Southampton Cenotaph by Lona Fryatt and Brenda White followed by a meeting to establish a group to erect a memorial plaque to Captain Charles Fryatt
18 September William Bligh by David Pepper

Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery

FoSOC was founded in 2003 by John Avery, Veronica Tippetts and Geoff Watts and has two major aims:.

  • To uphold the original purpose of the Cemetery, which is to be a place of reflection and remembrance of the people buried there.
  • To support the ecological aims of the adjoining Southampton Common (a Site of Special Scientific Interest), and to treat it with the same care.

FoSOC organises many guided walks and other activities throughout the year. We ask that you book a place on a walk if you would like to attend - you can also phone 07538 888 655 between 10am - 4pm to do this. [Mondays to Fridays only]

During Spring, Summer and Autumn there will be at least one heritage event and one wildlife event each month. In addition our conservation work continues throughout the year.

All walks start at the main gates at the end of Cemetery Road where parking is available.

In addition there are often other events are organised for the winter months.

Vaults -re-scheduled from October

Sunday 22nd June, 2.00pm

Heritage Walk

Wednesday 2nd July, 11.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 5th July, 10.00am

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Sunday 6th July, 2.00pm

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 19th July, 10.00am

Men of Cloth

Sunday 20th July, 2.00pm

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 2nd August, 10.00am

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Sunday 3rd August, 2.00pm

Military-100th Anniversary WW1

Sunday 10th August, 2.00pm

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 16th August, 10.00am

Heritage Walk

Wednesday 20th August, 11.00am

Heritage Walk

Wednesday 3rd September, 11.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 6th September, 10.00am

Wildlife & Butterfly Walk

Sunday 7th September, 2.00pm

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 20th September, 10.00am

Doctors & Nurses

Sunday 21st September, 2.00pm

Heritage Walk

Wednesday 1st October, 2.00pm

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 4th October, 10.00am

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 18th October, 10.00am

Sudden Deaths

Sunday 19th October, 2.00pm

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 1st November, 10.00am

Remembrance Sunday Ceremony

Sunday 9th November, 2.15pm

Information Desk at The Hawthorns

Saturday 15th November, 10.00am

Task Day - Members Only

Saturday 6th December, 10.00am

West End Local History Society

Meetings are held at the West End Parish Centre at 7-30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month. Non members pay a small charge. Facilities for disabled visitors, car parking and teas/coffee on sale.

2nd July 2014 The Road to Agincourt by Geoff Watts
6th August 2014 Social Evening at the Museum including raffle and refreshments
3rd September 2014 Carlton Crescent and Rockstone Place by Jake Simpkin
1st October 2014 Southampton Sugar and Slave Trade by Dr Andy Russel
5th November 2014 Men Who Marched Away by Nigel Wood and Peter Wallace
3rd December 2014 Social Evening, buffet and raffle. "Yuletide Tales" with David Weller and Vera Hughes

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society

July 7th

Itchen Village, Itchen Ferry and the Diaper Family

Cheryl Butler

August 4th          

Railways of Gosport

Peter Keat

September 1st         

Members Evening

October 6th

Hemerdon Tungsten Mine

Dr Peter Stanier

November 3rd

Annual General Meeting

December 1st

20 Million Bricks

Dr Carolyne Haynes


All 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. Visitors Welcome. Free Car Parking. Occasional visitors are welcome to attend at no charge.


Millbrook Local History Society
Meetings at 7-30pm Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road
3rd July Millbrook Hoards by Gill Woolrich
August no meeting - coach trip to be arranged
4th September AGM and quiz
2nd October Oatlands Lodge / House [Things it saw and people it met] by Madge Heath
6th November Royal British Legion
4th December Christmas event

Green Open Space Award 2014
Wednesday 19 March.  Supply editor of SCAPPS Newsletter with information for members.
4.  Monday 30 June.  Last date to receive nominations.
5.  Thursday 10 July.  First judging day.
6.  Thursday 24 July.  Second and final judging day.
7.  Thursday 4 September.  Plaque unveiling by the Mayor of Southampton.  The ceremony will take place at 11.00 am.


Bitterne Local History Society
The society meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month (September to July) at 7.00pm in Bitterne United Reformed Church (entrance in the Precinct, next to Bitterne Churchyard)


Saturday 12th

Southampton's lungs (Southampton's historic parks)

Jake Simpkin



No Meeting



Saturday 13th



Saturday 11th

Southampton archives

Jo Smith


Saturday 8th

Reach for the sky (Hamble Valley airfields)

Jill Daniels


Saturday 13th



Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley near Southampton Sunday 27th July 2014 at 10 am
On the centenary eve of the outbreak of the Great War a commemoration ceremony is to be held.
The Heritage Centre will host temporary exhibitions and there will be a brief wreath laying ceremony at the Cross of Sacrifice. Geoff Watts Southampton Green Badge Guide and founder member of Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery will lead a guided walk around the Military Cemetery. Additionally Philip Hoare author of Spike Island will present a talk and the tower of the Florence Nightingale Chapel [now the Heritage Centre] will be open for tours. Free entry to event, car parks are pay and display, small charges for the lecture and tower tours. Further detail 023 8045 5157

Southampton Old Cemetery Sunday 10th August 2014 100th Anniversary Commemoration time to be confirmed  

2013 Mural unveiling on 25th May 2013. Image Jill Ghanouni
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