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Southampton

Discover Southampton, the `Gateway to the World`. Find out more about the town, its docks and people.

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The Docks

Since 1843, the passengers and cargo passing through Southampton's docks have brought prosperity to the town. Discover the story of the docks and explore them with interactive maps.
 Southampton Old Town
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River Itchen  River Itchen

The River Itchen flows 27 miles (43 km) from north Hampshire to Southampton Water. Many small shipping industries and communities grew up along the river.
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Southampton at war

Over 600 civilians died in Southampton in air raids during the Second World War and over 900 buildings were destroyed. Find out more about Southampton's War here and the preparations for D-Day.

 [20078] Child with gas mask
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Imperial Airways poster  Flying Boats

Southampton's relationship with flying boats and seaplanes stretched over forty-five years of exciting developments in aviation, leading to the founding of the first national airline.
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Shipbuilding

Shipbuilding in Southampton during the twentieth century

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Four Funnel  Titanic - a Southampton story

The tale of Titanic - one of the most famous ships to sail from Southampton.
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Get interactive!

You`ve seen the site - now visit the place: nautical things to see and do in Southampton; plus interactive games (requires Java).
 Get Interactive!
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Magnifing glass over Bargate  Finding out more about Southampton

Find out more about the port city of Southampton, places to visit and resources to discover.
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Southampton Speaks

Hear the stories of people who worked, lived and played near the port of Southampton and at sea.
 Southampton Speaks
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 Street Directories

Street directories contain, amongst other things, an alphabetical listing of inhabitants, a street-by-street listing of inhabitants and a commercial directory. They are a basic source for the study of Family History.
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Historic Buildings Survey

In 2003 Southampton City Museums Archaeological Society (SCMAS) began a photographic survey of Southampton's historic buildings. The project involved photographing all the buildings on the first series Ordnance Survey 25" map (1867-1881) that are still standing.
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Itchen Wharves

River Itchen floating bridge

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Western Docks

King George V dry-dock

Quick quiz
When did Southampton's first dock open?
 1743
1843
1943

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