Maritime and Local Collections

The city’s maritime and local collection contains a wealth of material relating to Southampton and its people. Ships and shipping is a major theme, particularly relating to the Merchant Navy. There are a substantial collection of photography, paintings, drawings prints and ship models. Other strengths include costume, jewellery and accessories.

Southampton together with a number of other British cities created a Portcities website; the Southampton section contains a wealth of information especially for the 19th and 20th centuries. You can use the searchable database to access thousands of photographs and images of Southampton, as well as information on the history of Southampton docks and a selection of historic street directories.

Click here to visit Portcities.