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Not only is Southampton deep in maritime, aviation and military history but our amazing city has literary links and strong ties to the Mayflower. On this page, you can explore Southampton's undiscovered heritage and get the chance to delve into some of the city's best know historic and cultural venues. 

Virtual Tours...

Bringing their venues into your homes, go on a virtual tour in some of Southampton’s best known historic and cultural places. explore

SeaCity Southampton’s Titantic Story Tour

Welcome to Southampton City Art Gallery

Tudor House – A Short History

Discover online festivals with the University of Southampton...

Human Worlds Festival - 12 - 22 November

Human Worlds Festival is the University of Southampton's annual celebration of Humanities

The Human World Festival 2020 will begin on Thursday 12th and conclude Sunday 22nd November, running in parallel with the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities.

Hands-On Humanities Day is planned to take place on Saturday 14th November, from 10:30 to 16:30, at the University of Southampton Avenue Campus (SO17 1BF), depending upon Government and University guidelines closer to the time.

Most of the wider festival programme will be in a digital format, with talks, workshops, live performances, videos, podcasts and downloadable resources.

The provisional programme will be released early in the autumn.

ESRC Festival of Social Science - 7 - 15 November

The ESRC Festival of Social Science is a celebration of the social sciences.

It began life in 2002 as Social Science Week - a collection of around 25 events, mainly seminars aimed towards an academic audience. Over the years Social Science Week has grown to a much larger and more inclusive 'festival' of activities, aimed at policymakers, business, the public and young people.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the Festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level. Find out more here.

The High Street is about to get more colourful...


Solent Showcase - Bench

Solent Showcase artists are busy painting their own brilliant, colourful designs onto benches - which will soon be reinstated in Above Bar along the full length of the pedestrianised High Street area.

 Follow along with their social media pages to see each artist featured.

Mayflower 400

Two new series, My Mayflower and Virtual Voyages, have been created to explore the people and places connected to the Mayflower story. My Mayflower tells stories of those who are linked to the ship's legacy and Virtual Voyages showcases the hidden secrets of the places woven into the Mayflower story. Explore all the episodes here.

Southampton is part of a national campaign to mark the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower sailing, read more about how our city is connected to the Mayflower 400 on our dedicated webpage here.

D-Day Stories from the Walls...

Next time you take a walk down by the lower end of the Western Esplanade, have a look for this...

Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund the project 'D-Day Stories from the Walls' run by the Maritime Archaeology Trust, has brought to life the inscribed graffiti left behind by some of the 3.5 million troops who passed through Southampton on their way to the Normandy beaches. A section of wall near Southampton port has been preserved as it includes over 100 inscriptions made by waiting troops. This wall is eroding and impacting the inscriptions. 

Over the last 14 months, volunteers have helped to record, photograph and research the names on the American Wall in Western Esplanade. More than 60 American soldiers have been identified and researched and contact has been made with several families in America. Three groups have been identified: the 99th Infantry, the 106th Infantry and the segregated 449th Quartermaster Company, among others. Through the project viewer you can explore the wall and zoom into the bricks and see the inscriptions. A project booklet telling their stories is now available, and an education pack can be downloaded here

Lectures & Talks...

University Of Southampton Exhibitions...

Meditation and wellbeing...

The Point has been working with Arts & Health producer Suna Imre, discover this introduction to meditation... 

Suna has put together a series of short meditation videos to give you some hints and tips on how to get started as part of a collection of resources to support people’s wellbeing whilst staying at home. 

    Mayflower Theatre have also been working on warm up and work out videos including one for all abilities, Dance for Health.

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