About us

The museum – based in the West Wing of the Civic Centre, SO14 7FY – is located within Southampton’s Cultural Quarter within easy access of the railway station and city centre car parking and close to the city centre parks. The site, owned by Southampton City Council, became available when Hampshire Police moved to a purpose-built venue in March 2011 (the Magistrates’ Courts having been vacated in 2002). The overall aspiration was to deliver a museum with an estimated capital cost of £15million for the first phase of the project.

The attraction contains three main exhibitions:

  1. Gateway to the World
  2. Southampton’s Titanic Story
  3. Pavilion Special Exhibition

About the development

The Architect led Design Team of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Gifford, Engineers and CDM advisors and People Friendly Access Consultants, were appointed in early May 2009 following a design competition and tender submission. A parallel competition was held, resulting in the separate appointment of Urban Salon, as Exhibition Designers. Project Management duties are being carried out by Focus Consultants with Davis Langdon providing cost consultancy.  Kier Southern was the building contractor on SeaCity Museum. The building work commenced in October 2010 and rapidly progressed, in November 2011 all three exhibition areas were handed over by Kier Southern to the city council as complete. Then 8Build, the council’s museum fit-out contractor, started work on the exhibition areas.

How SeaCity was made possible

The total cost of the SeaCity Museum is about £15m.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the project a total of £4.9m towards the attraction. Development funding was awarded in March 2009, and the bulk of the grant was awarded in 2010.

The remainder of the money is being raised by Southampton City Council. A Southampton Cultural Development Trust has also formed as a Company limited by Guarantee to raise funds towards this project and other aspects of the city’s Cultural Quarter.

This independent, registered charity is governed by a board of volunteer Trustees drawn from the business and arts communities who are advocates for the arts and culture in the city.

Find out more about the Trust here.