City of Southampton Society
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caring for our city's heritage and its green open spaces
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The following meetings and events are displayed as a courtesy but you may wish to check with the organisations re any changes or updates etc




Non commercial events such as talks and heritage walks are advertised here free of charge  


Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society an active group with a current membership of about 100, interested in all aspects of  Hampshire's Industrial Archaeology.

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




  January 7th

  The Royal Navy's Coastal Forces Stephen Fisher

February 4th

  The Burrell Build - final instalment Rob Fish

March 4th

  Great Western Railway in Devon & Cornwall Howard Sprenger

April 1st

  Trolleybus Technology - the early days John Stainforth

May 13th

  Along the Portsmouth Direct Railway [Portsmouth & Petersfield] Peter Keat


Hampshire Genealogical Society Southampton branch


This friendly and welcoming group meets at 7.30 pm 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.

  • January 21, 2019, 7:30 pm: Members’ Evening
  • February 18, 2019, 7:30 pm: World War II Secrets of Eastleigh Carriage Works - Chris Humby
  • March 18, 2019, 7:30 pm: Women, Work & Wool: The Women of Tudor Southampton - Cheryl Butler

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. 

Millbrook Local History Society

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

3rd January 2019

Leprosy in Southampton [John Avery] The Work of New Hope Rural Community Trust in India [Jill Ghanouni MBE]

7th February 2019

The Pilgrim Fathers 1590-1632 - Jake Simpkin B.A

7th March 2019

Southern Railway Servants Orphanage - Dr Becky Peacock

4th April 2019

Theme Parks & Chocolate. The History of Paultons Park - Gordon Lewis


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


9 January      Talk by Chris Woolgar, The Wellington Archive at Southampton University’

      Bldg 02A, room 2077

Thursday 17 January NEW YEAR LUNCH at Southampton City College (further details later)

6 February         Talk by John Pitman.  ‘Village Life in the 1940s and 1950s’

                          Bldg 02A, room 2065

6 March            Talk by Jill Daniels, ‘The Magic of Madeira from 1419 to present day’

     A photo journey of this semi-tropical paradise.

   Bldg 46 (Physics) Lecture Theatre C, room 2005 (note Change of Bldg/room)

3 April    Talk by   Tom McInulty with dog Toby, ‘The Macular Society’

     02A, room 2077

5 June    Jill Ghanouni, ‘Leprosy in Southampton through the Ages’ for Bldg 67, room 1037

   (Previously this room was numbered 1027)

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


10th Jan 2019

7:30pm at Village Hall

Talk: Guernsey Under German Rule in WWII

Speaker : John Richards


14th Feb 


7:30pm at Village Hall

Talk: Northington Grange, Alresford 

Speaker : Samantha Stones - Properties Curator for English Heritage


14th Mar 


07:30pm at Village Hall 

Talk: Mottisfont - Past and Present

Speaker : Lynn Willmott - Volunteering Development Manager for National Trust


Visit - D Day Story Museum at Southsea, Portsmouth

Meet at the Museum on Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, PO5 3NT  

Cost p.p. £8 Seniors, £10 Adults - please have correct money

Book with Liz by Friday 3rd May

THURSDAY  JUNE 13, 11:00 AM  

Visit  - Southampton City Art Gallery. Meet at  Civic Centre, Art Gallery Entrance.

Cost £7 pp. - please have correct money

Book with Liz by Thurs. 6th June

THURS JULY 11, 7:00 PM
Visit & Guided Tour  - All Saints Church, Compton   - Saxon Church rebuilt by the Normans

Meet at Church.  

Tour Guide : John Wilkinson

A Donation to Church appreciated

Book with Liz by Thurs. 4th July

THURS SEPT 12, 07:30 PM
at Village Hall 

AGM - Please bring along any "Items of Interest" that you may have and a "Guess Who Am I?" photo of yourself when you were young.

THURS OCT 10, 07:30 PM
at Nursling Village Hall 

HMS Alliance - Submarine Museum

Speakers : David Ottley

THURS NOV 14, 07:30 PM
at Village Hall 

The Victoria Cross Awards to the Hampshire Regiment in WWI 

Speaker : Nick Saunders

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) and the Iceland shop. Members £1 visitors £3


Saturday 12th

Mid Hants Railway (The Watercress Line): Past & Present

Dave Yaldren


Saturday 9th

Theme Parks & Chocolate: A history of Paulton's Park

Gordon Lewis


Saturday 9th

Bygone Bitterne

Ian Abrahams


Saturday 13th

WWI - Bitterne's fallen remembered

Martyn Basford


Saturday 11th

Talking Butts

Anthony Poulton-Smith


Saturday 8th

Carlton Crescent & Rockstone Place

Jake Simpkin


Saturday 13th

I do like to be beside the seaside 

Simon Gomm


Saturday 10th

New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust in India (includes leprosy across the ages in and around Southampton)

Jill Ghanouni MBE


Saturday 14th

Heritage Open Day - No evening meeting


Non commercial events such as talks and heritage walks are advertised here free of charge 


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