In their golden age from the 1920s to the 1950s, ocean liners were the lifeblood of Southampton, bringing employment, industry and glamour to the city. From the early days in the 1890s to modern day cruise liners, Port Out, Southampton Home, a brand new major exhibition exclusive to SeaCity Museum, tells the story of these great ships and evokes the romance of sea travel and life on board. Items on display will include a wide range of rarely seen items from the city’s maritime collection, including ship models, posters, photographs and ephemera from the great liners such as menu cards and souvenirs.
This will be complemented with furniture and other items from some of the famous ships that called Southampton home such as the Mauretania, Queen Mary and QE2, and you can learn about the people who travelled and worked the oceans aboard these iconic ships through letters, diaries and oral history interviews with passengers and crew. Visitors of all ages will be entertained by engaging activities on hand, including the opportunity to dress up as a captain or steward!
Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet member for Communities, Culture and Leisure at Southampton City Council said: “This fantastic new exhibition at SeaCity Museum, which uses our own extensive maritime collection, will show how the city’s relationship with the ocean liner began and then blossomed in the early 20th century, harking back to a time of glamour and romance.
“Southampton is now known as the cruise capital of Europe, with over 1.6 million people coming to our city every year to board ships heading out across the globe. I am sure this exhibition will be a big hit with visitors and local residents keen to discover the story behind the cruise liners they love, and will also be an opportunity for all to explore Southampton’s relationship with the some of the world’s most famous ships”.
The exhibition runs from 25 March 2016 until 4 June 2017. Find out more here.