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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. 

Chinese New Year 2021 celebrations

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For the first time in the UK, Chinese New Year 2021 celebrations will be streamed online for audiences to enjoy from their living room. UK Shaolin Temple presents a unique Chinese New Year celebration to mark the Year of the Ox 2021.

The online feature brings together your favourite Chinese New Year performances of Chinese Lion and Dragon dances, music, dance and folk arts, with people’s stories of their Chinese New Year traditions. In addition, people will give their reflections on the Year of the Ox by sharing the personal stories of strength and overcoming adversity.

Event information:

The free online feature will premiere on Sunday 14th February 2021 at 7:30pm on YouTube. Watch the event by going to: www.ukshaolin.com/chinese-new-year/

Shop with God's House Tower

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Support Southampton's local artists with the God House Towers online shop. 

Browse through and order a selection of paints, cards, gifts, publications and more for yourself or for family and friends. Explore the shop here. 

Mayflower 400

1620 - 2020 Mayflower 400 - steering our future, inspired by the past.

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

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

Lectures & Talks...

Southampton Cultural Services and other venues are hosting online art and history talks covering a variety of topics and genres. 

Titanic Anniversary Talk (SeaCity Museum)

Gallery Short: Rebecca Moisan explores The Perseus Series

Sir Edward Burne-Jones: The Perseus Story

The Social Impact Lab at the University of Southampton is hosting an online conversation series entitled The Fightback: social action vs COVID-19.

Each episode will be discussing examples from around the UK of social action in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.From helping the homeless to cleaning up abandoned city spaces, they chat with the social impact leaders themselves to find out how it all started and how others can get involved and be a part of the change.

See previous episodes below:
Episode 1: Professor Sri Kandiah
Episode 2: Dr. Abdoulie Sanneh

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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