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Editor John Avery - member Southampton Heritage Federation - Southampton Local History Forum - City of Southampton Society - Friends of Town Quay Park - Devon Family History Society - Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery [co-founder] - 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. From 9th March 2015 a new charging structure replacing it with a new fee of 50p every half an hour after 6pm.


Meetings are held at the Edmund Kell Church Hall in Belle Vue Road starting at 7pm. Visitors are welcome, facilities for disabled persons.   

26th October 2015 The History of Southampton Fire Department by Alan House
23rd November 2015 Quaker Businesses in Britain by John Avery
25th January 2016  The Battle of Britain over Southampton 1940
This will focus particularly on the two major attacks
on the Supermarine Aircraft works at Woolston. Talk by John Smith

22nd February 2016 AGM with our President the Mayor of Southampton in the chair followed by refreshments and a short presentation "Remembering Captain Fryatt"
21st March 2016 [note date to avoid Easter weekend] A small study on Mathematical Tiles in Southampton and Hampshire by Nigel Cook

25th April 2016 Uncle Albert's Diaries - account of a RAMC medical orderly's experience on hospital trains, Netley Royal Victoria Hospital and hospital ships in wartime by Andy Skinner
23rd May 2016 Searching Out War Memorials by Geoff Watts
June 2016 [date to be announced] annual outdoor visit
26th September 2016 Businesses in Southampton by Vicki Green
24th October 2016 New Hope UK the Southampton based charity. Talk by Jill Ghanouni MBE 






Friends of Town Quay Park

Town Quay Park

Plaque awarded by CoSS and SCAPPS. Image Will Temple. 


Friends of Town Quay Park
News: on 7th November children from St John’s School Bug Club helped with the laying of poppy wreaths in the FEPOW garden. They listened attentively as FTQP volunteers discussed the 2 world wars, prisoner of war camps, the return to Southampton, the concern of families of FEPOW, giving thanks for the safe return of many and commemorating those who didn’t come back.  It was a solemn but also very enjoyable occasion that added meaning to the work we do in the park.

Fundraising: 40 friends of the park took part in a quiz at the Duke of Wellington, Bugle Street and had a very jolly evening whilst raising £250 for our funds.
Sunday 13th September Picnic in the Park 12 - 2 pm , Jazz band, games, meet other park supporters [bring your picnic]
Thursday 19th November Pub Quiz at the Duke of Wellington 7.30 pm only £12 per person which includes a curry supper.

Gardening group: This volunteer group continues to meet on the first Friday and third Sunday of each month. We have spent some of our own funds on planting autumn plants and spring bulbs.
Events brought to you by:

The Friends of Town Quay Park

Hampshire Genealogical Society

This friendly and welcoming group meets at 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month (except Bank Holidays) at the Roman Catholic Church Hall, Commercial Street, Bitterne.  We welcome both new members and visitors to our group.
    • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 21/09/2015 – The Origins of the Red Cross - Shirley Lawson
    • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 19/10/2015 – Talk and valuation of Millitaria, badges & photos - Geoff Allmark Collectables
    • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 16/11/2015 – Tracing my GI father - Pauline Natividad
    • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, 21/12/2015 – Christmas Buffet & Members' Evening


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


Details of talks awaited from SCC Library service. There is some uncertainty on the future of the group but there has as yet been no announcement and the SCC website is now many months out of date.

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 65507538 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.

Information Desk at The Hawthorns Saturday 19th September, 10.00am
Tales of the Sea Sunday 20th September, 2.00pm
Task Day - Members Only Saturday 3rd October, 10.00am
Information Desk at The Hawthorns Saturday 17th October, 10.00am
Task Day - Members Only Saturday 7th November, 10.00am
Remembrance Sunday Ceremony Sunday 8th November, 2.15pm
Information Desk at The Hawthorns Saturday 21st November, 10.00am
Task Day - Members Only Saturday 5th December, 10.00am
1st Walk - Themed Friday 1st January, 2.00pm

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.

October 7


John Levesley

November 4


Geoff Watts

December 2





Southampton City Museums Archaeology Society

For further details contact Anna at or 'phone 07812 851095

 Friends of Southampton Museums, Archives and Galleries


Organizer Diana Tizzard Phone: 023 8055 6981 Email:

Sir Hubert von Herkommer – his life and work

September 9 @ 10:30 am

| FoSMAG £3.50 - Visitors £5.00

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Born Hubert Herkomer in Bavaria of peasant stock (he was later ennobled by Wilhelm II [The Kaiser]) hence the ‘von’ and was also knighted by Edward VII. The family immigrated to America when he was only two but returned to Europe in 1857, when Herkomer was eight and settled in Southampton, where he subsequently attended Southampton School of Art for two years from the age of 14. He continued his art education in Munich and the South Kensington schools.

His early work was largely black and white illustration submitted to various periodicals including The Graphic. His Graphic submissions included a number of illustrations for Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Herkomer regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1873 and his 1875 RA painting of The Last Muster ensured him fame for the rest of his life.

He also became one of the most celebrated and highly paid portrait painters of his generation, painting many famous people (the NPG has 47 of his portraits of people such as Kitchener, Baden-Powell, Tennyson, Ruskin [whom Herkomer succeeded as the Slade Professor at Oxford], Carlyle, Disraeli, the Rothchilds, and his friend Thomas Hardy).

Fittingly, there are six of Herkomer’s oil paintings in Southampton City Art Gallery and also a portrait of him by one of his students, George Harcourt and it is hoped that thesed works will be available for viewing after the talk.

This talk by Adrian Light will consider Herkomer’s life and work. It will include an examination of his contribution to Social Realism in art, (see also Frank Holl works in Southampton City Art Gallery), his contribution to art education (including that of his pupil and protégée the Bournemouth-born artist Lucy Kemp-Welch), stage design, music, and very early cinema, and his influence on one of the world’s greatest artists. We will also look at the two houses that he had built in Bavaria and in Bushey, the latter being a unique European example of Romanesque Revival architecture by the American Henry Hobson Richardson.

FoSMAG £3.50 - Visitors £5.00


Lecture Theatre, City Art Gallery

Organizer Diana Tizzard 

023 8055 6981Email:

Annual General Meeting

October 10 @ 10:00 am

Followed by tea/coffee


Lecture Theatre, City Art Gallery


Diana Tizzard
023 8055 6981

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society

September 7th

Members Evening

October 5th

Looking at Lime Kilns

Dr Peter Stanier

November 2nd

Annual General Meeting

December 7th

Technology in the home

Martin Gregory


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.

Bitterne Local History Society
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).Members £1 Non members £3


Saturday 11th

All the Fun of the Fair (a History of Hampshire Showpeople)

Alastair Arnott



No Meeting



Saturday 12th



Saturday 10th

Violet's Titanic escape

Jane Glennie


Saturday 14th

Memories of the Great War

Geoff Watts


Saturday 12th



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

3rd September AGM and Quiz with Tony Biffin
1st October Dust on their shoes by John Avery
5th November Mary Rose Tudor Warship by Dr Kenneth Collins

Green Open Space Award 2014

  Thursday 4 September 2014.  Plaque unveiling by the Mayor of Southampton at Daisy Dip, Lobelia Road. 
 Arthur Jeffery chairman CoSS and SCAPPS welcoming the Mayor Councillor Sue Blatchford to the 2014 Award ceremony at Daisy Dip Southampton

 The Award plaque mounted on a willow tree at Daisy Dip Park Southampton

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                       Site copyright 2015