The Maritime and local collections unit has fascinating series of objects demonstrating a keen interest in how people lived, how they worked and how they entertained themselves, as well as how they got about. One of the main strengths of the collections is costume, which includes accessories such as bags, fans, parasol, shoes, and uniform, Ships and shipping is a major theme and there are substantial collections of photographs, paintings, drawings, prints and ship models.
Portcities web site (also referred to as 'Plimsoll')
Southampton together with a number of other British cities created a Portcities website; the Southampton section contains for 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.