Local historian Cheryl Butler FRSA invites Southampton Fellows to explore local heritage & history at various historical walking tours, performances and exhibitions this Spring.
Hidden history street theatre
Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 March, 2pm & 4pm
A Theatrical Perambulation, beginning in St Michael’s Square, Bugle Street, Southampton
A street theatre production about the black history of Georgian Southampton. This Hidden History tell the story of slaves and deserters, but also of writers, actors and survivors. Tickets are priced at £5.
Local history film premieres, Hangar Farm Arts Centre
Monday 27 March, 7pm
Three short films are being screened about Southampton’s local history and its connection with the wider world. There will be a Q&A after the screening, with performers and filmmakers, to give more background on turning history into drama. This event is supported by a grant from Southampton City Council. To cover operational costs, tickets are £5.
Film 1: The Chameleon & The Fly
The story of King Lobengula’s ill-fated emissary to Queen Victoria, in his attempt to stem the encroachment of Cecil Rhodes and his mining company into Matabeleland.
Film 2: Six Characters in Search of a History
The story of six black and mixed-raced residents of Southampton from the Middle Ages through to the nineteenth century. A portrait gallery comes alive as the sitters tell their personal experience of life in England.
Film 3: The Sad Tale of Richard Parker
A story that changed legal history forever. A tale of cannibalism and redemption. A maritime story that has inspired writers and filmmakers for a hundred and fifty years.
Old Town Churches Walking Tour
Saturday 10 June, 11am from Tudor House Museum, Bugle Street
Join historian and guide Dr Cheryl Butler for a brand new walking tour exploring the history and stories of Southampton’s incredible ancient (and not so ancient) churches. Gain insights into the way these churches helped sculpt the town and discover incredible tales of prisons, executions, refugees and much, much more. This tour will begin in St Michael’s Square outside Tudor House. Regrettably this tour is unsuitable for people with mobility concerns. This tour is delivered in collaboration with Southampton Museum Services. Tickets cost £8.