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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


27th 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 by 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
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.


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


20 November Voyages from the Past by Simon Wills [book launch]
December - no meeting
  15th January 2015  Quaker Businesses in Britain by John Avery

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.







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.

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

Friends of Southampton Museums, Archives and Galleries

EDWARD LEAR (1812-1888)

November 12 @ 10:30 am
Southampton Solent University,
Test Conference Room, 157-187 Above Bar Street, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7NN United Kingdom
Adrian Light, Blue Badge Guide and Freeland Lecturer – EDWARD LEAR (1812-1888) – nonsense verse, especially the limerick. However, from the age of about 15 he was a professional artist and he is considered by many to be the finest ornithological draughtsman that this country has ever produced. The Plates that he produced, aged just twenty, for his publication on Parrots, the first book of its kind ever to focus on a single species, are exquisite.

The Road To Agincourt

December 10 @ 10:30 am
The Lecture Theatre, City Art Gallery,
Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom

A few years ago, Southampton Green Badge Guide, Geoff Watts, made a car journey following the route taken by King Henry V from Harfleur (close to modern Le Havre) to the field of Agincourt. This talk is based on that journey and also looks at the preparations at Southampton for the 1415 campaign and the story of the Battle of Agincourt itself.

Christmas Lunch

December 17 @ 12:00 pm
The Aspire, The Hub, City College,
Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom

Christmas Lunch at the Aspire, City College – 12 noon for 12.15 p.m.  Three Course lunch with coffee and mince pie, £17 50p.  Full menu available from the Events Organiser by email, or sae, or at the September and October Events.  30 places only £5 deposit please, cheque payable to FoSMAG.

January 2015
FoSMAG £3.50 - Visitors £5.00

Great Houses and Castles of Bohemia and Moravia (Czech Republic)

January 14, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Southampton Solent University,
157-187 Above Bar Street, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7NN United Kingdom

Barbara Peacock MA FRSA. The Czech Republic, situated in the heart of Europe and comprising the historic regions of Bohemia and Moravia, has one of the richest assemblages of great houses in Europe. This lecture will show something of their quality and variety . We will see mediaeval castles dramatically perched on rocky hilltops, beautiful courtyard houses in the Renaissance style, sumptuous Baroque palaces, delicate Rococo pleasure pavilions, and chaste Neo-classical interiors

February 2015
FoSMAG £3.50 - Visitors £5.00

From Figurative to Abstract Art, the Paintings of Sir Tom Monnington

February 11, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Southampton Solent University,
Test Conference Room, 157-187 Above Bar Street, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 7NN United Kingdom

Christine Clearkin – Tom Monnington was marked out for a great career when he won the British School at Rome Scholarship in Decorative Painting in 1922, his final year as a student at the Slade.  Important commissions followed in both murals and portraiture, but as the years passed he lost his desire to paint.  The War intervened and gave him fresh inspiration

March 2015
FoSMAG £3.50 - Visitors £5.00

Rubens and his legacy

March 11, 2015 @ 10:30 am
Lecture Theatre, City Art Gallery,
Southampton, Hampshire United Kingdom

Lecture Theatre, City Art Gallery – David Westhead.  Rubens and his Legacy – this talk is designed to coincide with the Blockbuster Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society

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
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

  Thursday 4 September.  Plaque unveiling by the Mayor of Southampton at Daisy Dip, Lobelia Road.  The ceremony took place at 11.00 am.
 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

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 11th

Southampton archives

Jo Smith


Saturday 8th

Reach for the sky (Hamble Valley airfields)

Jill Daniels


Saturday 13th



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