The Archaeology Collections comprise all archaeological finds from the city and any associated records. These collections provide the basis for understanding the Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods in Southampton, and are one of the top ten most significant archaeology collections in the country.
Much of the collection is searchable through the online database (see link on the left-hand side).
Archaeology has been collected in Southampton since the first museum opened in 1912. These collections include not just finds, but site records, drawings and photographs, which provide the context for each find or group of finds. These finds and records are an indispensable research resource for understanding Southampton’s past.
We offer a range of services including identifications, talks and tours.
The archaeological collections also include a small amount of non-local finds, part of the historical collections of Tudor House Museum. We no longer collect non-local archaeological finds.
Some material is on display, but the bulk of it is kept in storage, and can be viewed by appointment. For further information please contact the Archaeology Curator.