Founded in 2009, through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund(HLF), FoSJP Public History Talks continue to thrive and are a popular Autumn event attended by an audience of 20‑70 people.
Talks take place between October and December, usually on the first Sunday of each month, between 3pm and 5pm. The venue is Shirley Parish Hall, situated on the corner of St.James’ Road and Colebrook Avenue, a short walk from the Park. Talks are free 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 and in particular the area around St.James’ Park. Talks are given by a variety of speakers, local historians, University historians, and also members of FoSJP’s own history team.
Click on the links below for more information about past talks
October – December 2017
A ninth series was organised for Autumn 2017. Topics were:
October – December 2016
An eighth series, now under the auspices of the Shirley Local History Group, was organised for Autumn 2016. Topics were:
October – December 2015
A seventh series was organised for Autumn 2015. Topics were:
October – December 2014
A sixth series was organised for Autumn 2014. Topics were:
October – December 2013
A fifth series was organised for Autumn 2013. Topics were:
October – December 2012
A fourth series was organised for Autumn 2012. Topics were:
October 2010 – March 2011
Following the success of the first series of talks, a second series was organised for Autumn 2010, although because of poor weather, the final talk was postponed from December to March 2011. Topics were:
October 2009 – March 2010
Following the confirmation of HLF funding for the Shirley Heritage Project, our first undertaking was to organise a series of monthly public talks. The first series, held at Shirley Parish Hall, took place between October 2009 and March 2010. The purpose of these talks was to provide background information on topics relating to the Park’s history, including:
- Shirley’s local history
- Southampton in the Age of Steam & Expansion
- Local links to the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway
- Women and Local Philanthropy in the 19th Century
- Charitable Buildings around the Park
- The Victorians’ search for Rational Recreation
- Conservation of the built environment – St.James’ Road Conservation Area
- History of the Park through the life of a park bench
FoSJP would like to thank all who attended the talks, the contributors, and local groups who supported us – such as Southampton City Council Arts and Leisure, Museum, and Library staff, and Hampshire County Council – with permissions to use images, book stalls, off-prints, and advice.
The talks were very well received and requests were made for further talks.