Higher & Further Education

Below you will find details of our sessions for college and universities.

If you would like to make a booking or to discuss the details of your visit further please contact our learning team at museums.education@southampton.gov.uk or phone 023 8083 2810.

GUIDED TOURS

We offer a fantastic range of private tours. All tours are let by a specialist with a background in history or archaeology.  Tours cost £50 (£62 after-hours and weekends) for college and university groups and last about an hour.

  • Southampton’s Titanic Story– Develop a greater understanding of the tragedy of the RMS Titanic and its affect on Southampton in this expert-led tour of our permanent Titanic exhibition. The tour is designed to complement the collections on display.
  • Gateway to the World– Gain an in-depth perspective into Southampton’s history. Find out about the pirate emperor who  turned Britain into his own Empire in Roman times and why a witch was brought to St Mary’s Stadium in the 2000s.
  • Old Police Station– Go behind-the-scenes of SeaCity to discover the story of the Central Police Station which was based here until 2011. Visit a padded cell and visit the old Coroner’s Court. Please bring a torch.
  • Civic Centre Clock Tower (maximum 8)– Gain a bird’s eye view of Southampton in this fantastic private tour of the clock tower. Learn about its conception, design and find out about the intriguing method of choosing its height…
  • Southampton Old Town– Uncover Southampton’s hidden past with this walking tour around and under the Old Town, exploring stories of merchants, mayhem and murder along the way! This tour visits some of the medieval vaults beneath the town. he tour begins and ends in St Michael’s Square (outside Tudor House). Subject to availability.
  • The Southampton Blitz– Southampton was heavily bombed during the Second World War. This walking tour descends into a number of the public air-raid shelters and explores the experiences of those who lived through some of the darkest days of Southampton’s history.The tour begins and ends in St Michael’s Square (outside Tudor House). Subject to availability.
  • Walking the Titanic– A walking tour exploring the story of Titanic by visiting the places affected by it. The tour is about 2 miles and begins and ends in St Michael’s Square (outside Tudor House). Subject to availability.

SELF-GUIDED VISITS

We offer a reduced admission price to the museum for groups of 10 or more. In order to be eligible for a discount it is necessary to pre-book with us. Please ring 023 8083 2810 for more information.

TALKS

SeaCity offers a range of illustrated talks on many different subjects. These are available at the museum or can be booked as an outreach talk or online via platforms such as Zoom. Talks in the museum cost £65 plus admission and outreach talks cost £65 plus travel. All talks are subject to availability. Titles include:

  • Museums as Enterprise  Ideal for leisure and tourism course, this workshop goes behind the scenes of SeaCity. This session explores the context of museums in the UK today and focuses specifically on SeaCity.
  • 1338 And All That Southampton suffered a catastrophic raid at the hands of French pirates at the beginning of the Hundred Years War. This talk unpicks the story and delves into Southampton’s medieval past.
  • Georgian Southampton: The Age of Spas, Stagecoaches and Highwaymen During the 18th century Southampton grew into a prosperous spa resort. Discover its story in this talk based on the town in the Georgian era.
  • A History of Tudor House Discover the story of Southampton’s most important historic building, from its Norman roots through the dark days of the Southampton Blitz, and everything in between.
  • A History of Southampton in Buildings Explore the history of the town by finding out about a number of important buildings in the town today and what they tell us about Southampton’s past.
  • Anglo-Saxon Southampton During the Dark Ages Southampton became one of the most important Anglo-Saxon towns in England. Unpick its story by exploring the archaeological evidence they left behind.
  • Southampton’s Missing Vikings Historical sources tell us that marauding Vikings could be found in Southampton, but the archaeology has remained silent. This talk explores what was happening in Southampton during the age of King Alfred and the Golden Age of the Norsemen.
  • If Walls Had Ears: Southampton’s Medieval Defences This talk explores the story of  Southampton through its defensive walls and touches on some of their pivotal moments including the devastating French raid that was the impetus for their creation, how it defended a major medieval and Tudor trading port,  and its later roles as a space for entrepreneurial inventors and those seeking shelter from German bombers…
  • The Ghosts of Tudor House: Southampton’s Most Haunted Building? Go ghost-hunting in this fun talk looking at things that go bump in the night and find out about the reports of ghosts at Tudor House through the centuries.
  • The Life and Times of Ellen Wren: A Story of Victorian Southampton The story of Ellen Wren is fairly well-known: she was a woman who stole and drank her way to an early grave and whose death in squalid conditions led to enormous changes in housing in Southampton. This talk charts her life from cradle, to grave, and beyond.
  • The Mysterious Death of William Rufus This talk explores a nearly-thousand-years-old mystery- the death of King William II, a stone’s throw from Southampton, in August 1100.
  • O God, Our Help In Ages Past: The Story of Southampton’s Hymn This talk explores the Southampton of Isaac Watts’ time and the remarkable story of the hymn’s Southampton links throughout the last 300 years.
  • POSH: A History of Southampton Docks Discover the remarkable story of Southampton’s docks and the ocean liners that called the town home.
  • The Birth of Southampton Chart the first people who came to the area that is now Southampton from distant prehistory through to Roman settlement of Clausentum.
  • Tales of Tudor Southampton 16th century Southampton was awash with privateers, Italian merchants and dodgy deals. Find out more about the town during the reigns of the famous Tudor monarchs.
  • The Southampton Blitz Discover the story of wartime Southampton in this talk exploring the Second World War.
  • Southampton: Gateway to the World Inspired by our ‘Southampton: Gateway to the World’ exhibition, this talk explores how and why the town has become such an important maritime centre for commerce and the movement of people.
  • The Story of St Mary’s Workhouse Discover the story of the St Mary’s poorhouse and delve into what life was like to poor of the town during the Victorian period.
  • Stuart Southampton: Mayflower, Civil War and the Great Plague This talk focuses on Southampton in the Stuart era by examining the sailing of the Mayflower, the impact of the Civil War and the catastrophe of the Great Plague.
  • A Titanic Conspiracy? Was the sinking of Titanic an elaborate insurance scam, did poor-quality rivets sink her and was a raging fire responsible for her sinking? This talk looks at the conspiracy theories associated with Titanic.
  • Titanic: Heroes & Villains This talk explores the famous stories of Titanic by looking at some of the heroes and villains associated with the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
  • Victorian Southampton in the Age of Steam, Ships & Slums The 1800s brought new railways, docks and suburbs to Southampton which changed the town forever. This talk explores tales from Victorian Southampton.

Armchair Tours

These illustrated talks take you on a virtual tour of one of our physical exhibition tours or guided walks. See all of the same sights without leaving the comfort of your chair!

    • Southampton’s Titanic Story Develop a greater understanding of the tragedy of the RMS Titanic and its affect on Southampton in this expert-led tour of our permanent Titanic exhibition. The tour is designed to complement the collections on display.
    • Southampton: Gateway to the World Gain an in-depth perspective into Southampton’s history. Find out about the pirate emperor who  turned Britain into his own Empire in Roman times and why a witch was brought to St Mary’s Stadium in the 2000s.
    • Old Police Station– Go behind-the-scenes of SeaCity to discover the story of the Central Police Station which was based here until 2011. Visit a padded cell and visit the old Coroner’s Court.
    • Civic Centre Clock Tower Ascend Southampton’s iconic clock tower and its incredible history.
    • Tudor House & Garden Visit one of Southampton’s most historic buildings and find out more about the history of the house and garden.
    • The Southampton Blitz Southampton was heavily bombed during the Second World War. This walking tour descends into a number of the public air-raid shelters and explores the experiences of those who lived through some of the darkest days of Southampton’s history.
    • Southampton’s Old Town Uncover Southampton’s hidden past with this walking tour around and under the Old Town, exploring stories of merchants, mayhem and murder along the way! This tour visits some of the medieval vaults beneath the town.
    • Walking the Titanic– A walking tour exploring the story of Titanic by visiting the places affected by it.

WORKSHOPS

Join an expert historian or archaeologist in a hands-on workshop exploring an aspect of history in detail. Each session puts our collection’s objects at the heart of the session and allows groups to learn in a fun and safe environment. Sessions may also include mini-tours of parts of the museum. Each session lasts about 90 minutes and costs £150 and is suitable for groups of up to 20. Topics include:

  • RMS Titanic
  • The History of Southampton
  • Prehistoric Southampton
  • Clausentum: Roman Southampton

Queen Mary model