City of Southampton Society
Registered Charity No 1006256 England and Wales
caring for our city's heritage and its green open spaces
Webmaster John Avery
                                      Titanic departing from Southampton April 1912          John Melody Town Crier          
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Links to other societies and similar organisations interested in heritage and conservation etc

Friends of Town Quay Park
  • The Friends of Town Quay Park (FTQP ) was formed in April 2010 in response to the potential threat of Southampton City Council selling the land for development.
  • Alongside activities to save and improve the Park FTQP organises events that bring the local community together.
  • Anyone who shares the aims of FTQP is welcome to become a member. Each year members elect a committee who manage the affairs of FTQP on their behalf. 

Southampton Tourist Guides Association
For guided walks, talks etc by Blue Badge /Green Badge registered guides website 

 Millbrook Local History Society

  • Meetings are held at 7-30pm on the first Thursday of each month at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, Millbrook Road, Southampton
    Secretary Rita Wakeford 023 80789048             contact

West End Local History Society and Heritage Centre

  • A former single unit fire station part of the Herbert Collins conservation area of Orchards Way in the village of West End. The village has three connections with the Titanic, fireman James Jukes was lost in the tragedy, Fred Woolley, accountant, Methodist lay preacher, trustee of the Royal South Hants Hospital was the administrator of the Titanic Relief Fund and lived in the village.
  • The society meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the WE Parish Hall in Chapel Road at 7-30pm. Regular presenters of talks include Jake Simpkin, Geoff Watts, John Avery, Jill Daniels and Colin van Geffen. The museum, run by volunteers opens on Saturdays[usually] 10 to 4 but occasionally is closed e.g. Christmas period.
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    F.G.O. Stuart  Archive
    Simon Carr has a fine collection of the postcards produced by the Southampton photographer and postcard publisher F.G.O. Stuart 
                                                                       F.G.O. Stuart 

   Friends of Mayfield Nurseries

Mayfield Nurseries is a subsidiary company of Solent Mind offering a supported working environment to people living in the Southampton area who are  experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems.

The nursery is open to the public for the sale of plants, sundries and refreshments all year round. Every plant at the nursery helps to keep the project running and enables us to develop the service to be responsive to the needs of people experiencing mental distress.

If you are interested in becoming a Friend of Mayfield Nurseries, please contact us. You will receive quarterly newsletters and invitations to events throughout the year. Cost of membership is £3.50 for the year.

 Mayfield Nurseries 

    John Avery Heritage
    An information site on heritage, local history and speakers on heritage subjects 
                                                     John Avery Heritage 

    Southampton Local History
    My twin site with more information on Southampton Heritage and Local History
                                                    Southampton Local History 

Southampton Cenotaph
The Southampton Cenotaph designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens  OM, KCIE, PRA, FRIBA  pre dates the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. The lettering panels on the Portland stone began to weather badly and the cost of re inscribing the names [to face further weathering in the future] was found to be unreasonably expensive. SCC consulted various local groups and the Royal British Legion and arrived at the solution of panels with the names etched into the glass. From this consultation exercise a group of families, friends and supporters formed in order to research the names recorded and to educate the public on the debt owed to those who fought for our well being and freedom. The students of Solent University work with the Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group
                                                Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group

     Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery
  •      Founded by John Avery, Geoff Watts and Veronica Tippetts. The Old Cemetery was opened in 1846 and was one of the earliest municipal cemeteries in the British Isles.
                                                  Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery 

 Friends of Southampton Museums, Archives and Galleries
  • Founded in 1977, FoSMAG is a registered charity dedicated to supporting this rich heritage by assisting and promoting the work of Southampton’s museums, archives and galleries. We not only provide practical help but also raise funds through a network of active and dedicated volunteer members.
  • If you would like to know more about our work and join FoSMAG please follow this link: FoSMAG
  • please note after Oct 2016 talks and events will cease for the time due to difficulty in filling committee resources

Bitterne Local History Society
  • A Society dedicated to studying and researching the history of Southampton in general, but with particular reference to the City areas east of the River Itchen - Bitterne, Bitterne Park, Harefield, Itchen, Merry Oak, Midanbury, Peartree, Sholing, Thornhill, Townhill Park, Weston and Woolston. [Please note the link on their website to Martyn Basford, administrator is randomly [a few times each year] monitored and any contact may be more readily dealt with by contacting their shop / heritage centre in Peartree Avenue].
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Eastleigh and District Local History Society
    • Contact: Mr Barry Chinchen,
      97 Chamberlayne Road, Eastleigh, Hants SO50 5JJ
      Tel No: 023 8061329    contact

Southampton Parks and Open Spaces
The city is very proud of its commons, parks and open spaces. For locations and information click here

 Southampton Fryatt Plaque
charitable association raising funds to commemorate Captain Charles Fryatt MN born Southampton Dec 1871 who was in command of a railway steamer who attempted to ram a German U Boat in WWI. He was later captured and executed by firing squad at Bruges. Contact

Outdoor visit to Minstead Church image courtesy Will Temple Outdoor visit on a Guy Arab open top busTug tender Calshot in preservation