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Updated: 7th November 2017

Sun 3 Dec 3.00pm - 5.00pm Autumn History Talk #3

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.

Autumn 2017 Public History Talks

Updated: 7th November 2017

The Shirley Local History Group is delighted to present another series of FREE public history talks this Autumn.

As usual, the venue is Shirley Parish Hall, situated on the corner of St.James' Road and Colebrook Avenue, a short walk from St.James' Park. Talks are free to attend and open to both members and non‑members of FoSJP. Refreshments are also available for a small donation.

Topics relate to the local history of Shirley. Talks are given by a variety of speakers, local historians, University historians, and also members of the Shirley Local History Group.

All talks run from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Sun 1 Oct "Hill and Shirley - Newly Discovered Records of the Mediaeval Manor"
Speaker: Tom Olding (University of Winchester)

Tom will be giving a talk on the Manor Court Rolls of Hill and Shirley, which were recently donated to the Southampton Archives.
Sun 5 Nov "Common Time - a History of Southampton Common"
Speaker: Mary South

Returning speaker Mary will be talking about the history of Southampton Common.
Sun 3 Dec "Shirley and the Railway: Stories, Myths and Maps"
Speaker: Vicki Stacey (Shirley Local History Group)

Vicki will be sharing stories from the research so far into the Railways, Shirley and St.James’ Park.

Visit our Shirley Heritage Project page for information on talks in previous series.

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: 2nd July 2017

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

Tue 20 Jun
Wed 1 Nov
various times Southampton & Netley Jane Austen 200 Festivals
A series of local events to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, including:
  • Street Theatre Performances
  • Guided Walks
  • Fishy Food Festival
  • Stinking Fish Festival
  • Regency Dance Workshop & Ball
  • Concert
  • Literary Festival
  • Gothic Ghost Walks
Click on the picture (right) for full details.

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