History News

Forthcoming History Events

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Updated: 24th February 2018

Fri 23 Mar 10.50am
Group Visit - Hartley Library & Archives NEW
Sun 29 Apr 2.00pm
- 4.00pm
Historical Walk - Southampton Common NEW
Fri 18 May 10.00am
- 12.00 noon
Memory Lane NEW

Please get in touch with us if you're interested in these or any other of our activities.

Shirley Local History Group

Updated: 26th June 2017

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 history@fosjp.org.uk.

Shirley Local History Group - New Year & Spring Events

Updated: 24th February 2018

Memory Lane Events - Friday 26th January, Friday 23rd February

On Friday 26th January and Friday 23rd February, we held two more "Memory Lane" events in the Community Room at St.James' Park. These were opportunities for local people to meet, share memories, stories, and photographs, and reminisce about past times in Shirley.

Forthcoming Events...

Fri 23 Mar 10.50am
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 5 places remaining!
Fri 18 May 10.00am
- 12.00 noon
Memory Lane Event
Another opportunity for local people to meet, share memories, stories, and photographs, and reminisce about past times in Shirley in the Community Room at St.James' Park.
Please contact us on history@fosjp.org.uk 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.

Extra Researchers Needed

Updated: 2nd October 2016

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:

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 via history@fosjp.org.uk.

Local History Events

Updated: 24th February 2018

Those of you with an interest in local history might like to know about the following non‑FoSJP events in and around Southampton.

Wed 7 Feb
Sat 3 Mar
various times Click here to find out more! [external link] The Shadow Factory
World Premiere at Southampton's newest theatre
The first show at the new city‑based Nuffield Southampton Theatre will be a world premiere of Howard Brenton's new play, which tells the remarkable and little‑known story of Southampton's Spitfire role in World War II. The show features a 25‑strong community company made up of Southampton residents.

For more details and to book tickets, please visit the NST City website.

Howard's play was featured on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 24th January, including a contribution from the Shirley Local History Group's friend and contributor Don Smith (clip no longer available).

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