Maritime and local collections

The Maritime and Local History museum collection was established in 1912. It includes material relating to the Southampton area and to ships and shipping lines with a connection to the city.

What we do

  • We look after Southampton City Council’s maritime & local history museum collections
  • We contribute to work on the permanent and temporary exhibitions in SeaCity Museum, Tudor House and Garden and elsewhere
  • We work with local groups and individuals to promote Southampton’s heritage

Services we offer

  • Help for people seeking information about our collections
  • Provide images of items in our collections
  • Visits and tours behind the scenes when possible


Highlights from our collection

  • Costume: including accessories such as bags, fans, parasols and shoes - since Southampton is a major port, the collection also includes maritime occupational costume and uniform
  • Photographs and paintings collections: our photographs, paintings, drawings and prints cover the shipping, docks, topographical views as well as local scenes and people
  • Ephemera and souvenirs: Mainly related to merchant shipping and including menus, posters and ocean liner souvenirs
  • Ship models: we have a large collection of ship models, illustrating the wide range of ships associated with Southampton during the last couple of centuries