Shirley Local History Group – New Year & Spring Events

Memory Lane – Friday 26th January

On Friday 26th January, we held another “Memory Lane” session in the Community Room at St.James’ Park. This was an opportunity for local people to meet, share memories, stories, and photographs, and reminisce about past times in Shirley.

Forthcoming Events…

Fri 23 Mar 10.50am start

Group Visit to Hartley Library & Archives
Join us on a group visit to look at the wealth of local history information at the University of Southampton archives. We will meet in the library foyer at 10.50am.

As the visit is limited to 20 people, please reserve a place for this trip.
Now only 4 places remaining!

Sun 29 Apr 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Historical Walk Around Southampton Common
Following Mary South’s entertaining Autumn Talk on the history of Southampton Common, come along and join Mary on an historical walk around Southampton Common. Meet at the Hawthorns Visitor Centre at 2pm. Duration approximately 2 hours.

Please reserve a space as the walk is limited to 25 people.
Now only 6 places remaining!

Please contact us on or via the Shirley Parish Office to register your interest in these events, and please let us know if you need a lift to either event.

Forthcoming History Events

The Shirley Local History Group are currently busy planning activities for early 2018 and we hope to include the following:

  • Group tour of the Hartley Library including a visit to the Archives
  • Further Memory Lane session to share local memories and reminiscences
  • Walking “History Tour” of Southampton Common

We’ll circulate dates and more information for next year’s activities once confirmed. In the meantime, please get in touch with us if you’re interested in these or any other of our activities.

Keep an eye out on this page for news of forthcoming events!

Local History Events

Those of you with an interest in local history might like to keep an eye on this section, where we’ll let you know about non‑FoSJP history‑related events in and around Southampton.

Shirley Local History Group

January 2016 Onwards

After the completion of the Shirley Heritage Project in 2015, the members of the FoSJP History Research Group decided to establish the Shirley Local History Group in order to both continue and extend historical research beyond the immediate environs of St.James’ Park, to ensure that the valuable information that had been collected was retained, was built upon further, and would continue to be shared with a wider audience.

The Shirley Local History Group is still affiliated with FoSJP, but receives no external funding, instead relying entirely on voluntary donations, for example from group visits and talks, including the Autumn public history talks from Autumn 2016 onwards.

For more information on forthcoming History events, or if you’d like to find out more about Shirley Local History Group activities, please contact the team on

Extra Researchers Needed

Through our recent archive and local studies visits, we’ve discovered a wealth of archive material relating to the history of Shirley which is waiting to be explored further!

In particular, we’d like help:

  • with looking at further information on proposed local railways;
  • with reading deeds and related documents which are helping us to find out about Shirley landowners, architects, and builders.

No prior experience required – just an interest in our local area!

If you’d be interested in joining in with research activities, then please drop us a line