Southampton is a thriving modern city but you don't have to explore too far to discover its amazing past. In these pages you'll find tips on historic research from family history to general information on Southampton's history. We carry a lot of information in our libraries, archives, registration services and environment pages across our site.
If you are researching your family tree you'll be looking for pages on Genealogy, although family history can take you in many different directions such as; church or parish records, births deaths and marriages, or even street records.
Southampton has a rich association with the sea. We have maritime books, warship and merchant shipping records and information on the Titanic.
History of Southampton
The 1846 map of Southampton together with the 1870 town plan are available to download. Also consider history of your local trades and of your street. There are clubs and forums listed and extensive information on our sister site, 'Portcities'. Our Museum of Archaeology has an online database of artefacts and information from our Saxon and Roman heritage - right down to your ward area.
There is advice about all aspects of historic environment and heritage conservation in Southampton including; scheduled monuments, locally listed buildings, buildings risk register, buildings in conservation areas, archaeology and development control and parks and gardens of special historic interest.
Southampton celebrates Black History Month every October with a series of events and activities throughout the city. Learn about Southampton and the slave trade together with the Egypt connection.