Archives

To look at original (as opposed to printed) material on Southampton, the city archive collection is a crucial resource dating from 1199. It contains a wide range of sources for information on Southampton people and places; as well as subjects as diverse as 14th century administration, 19th century policing, poor relief, workhouses, court records, church records, merchant shipping, and 20th century oral history recordings. All the material is for reference only and must be consulted in the reading room which is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am-4pm.

You can find out more about Southampton’s archives here.