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Updated: 15th September 2017

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2017

Friday
15th September
Memory Lane
The Shirley Local History Group held a Memory Lane event at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James' Park.
Sunday
9th April
Group Visit - Bursledon Brickworks
The Shirley Local History Group organised a group tour of the Bursledon Brickworks.
Wednesday
1st March
Group Visit - Hampshire Archives
The Shirley Local History Group organised a "behind the scenes" group tour of the Hampshire Archives in Winchester.
Friday 13th January History Research Group Meeting
A meeting in the ParkLife Café in St.James' Park to find out more about current research and to share ideas over a cup of tea.

2016

Sunday
4th December
Shirley Local History Group - Autumn 2016 Public History Talk #3
"Twenty Million Bricks: The History of Bursledon Brickworks"
Speaker: Carolyne Haynes PhD (Project Manager, Bursledon Brickworks)
Sunday
6th November
Shirley Local History Group - Autumn 2016 Public History Talk #2
"French Nick, Mrs Read the Saracen & Mr Holmes's Blackamoor - Strangers, Foreigners & Aliens in Tudor Southampton"
Speaker: Dr Cheryl Butler
Sunday
2nd October
Shirley Local History Group - Autumn 2016 Public History Talk #1
"The Shirley Asylum and the Barlow & Ellyett Homes"
Speaker: Madge Heath (FoSJP History Research Group)

Madge shared the intriguing story which she has uncovered from her research into the Barlow & Ellyett Homes in Church Street, near St.James' Park.

2015

Sunday
6th December
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2015 Public History Talk #3
"A History of Southampton's Old Cemetery"
Speaker: Geoff Watts

Geoff spoke about how and why the cemetery came to be located on the Common, sharing stories from each of the sections that it covers, and giving an overview of the work of the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FoSOC).

Refreshments included festive mince pies and there was a Christmas raffle
Friday
4th December
& Saturday
5th December
Music & Christmas Tree Festival
The FoSJP History Research Group was present at the St James Road Methodist Church's Music & Christmas Tree Festival.
Sunday
1st November
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2015 Public History Talk #2
"One Movement or Several? The Impact of 18th and 19th Century Enclosures"
Speaker: Dr John Chapman

In 1829, Shirley Common was granted an Act of Enclosure to be divided into individual plots of land. St.James' Church and the houses around it were some of the first buildings erected.

Dr Chapman gave a talk on the movement which saw large scale changes to land ownership in the 18th and 19th centuries with the enclosure of common and "waste" land. Also on hand were copies of the documents and maps relating to the Enclosure of Shirley Common in the 1830s.

Copies of the St.James' Park History Book were also available for purchase, and a raffle was held to raise monies towards the speaker's expenses.
Sunday
4th October
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2015 Public History Talk #1
"John Claudius Loudon"
Speaker: John Avery

JC Loudon was a famous botanist, magazine editor, garden designer, and cemetery designer, who visited Southampton and Shirley in the 19th Century.

This illustrated talk was well‑attended and very interesting. John C Loudon led a short, but full life, primarily as a garden magazine editor, and a landscape designer of both gardens and cemeteries. Although misfortune struck at the end of his life, he had many friends including Charles Dickens, who cleared his substantial debt after his death.
Saturday
11th July
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
Another meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Saturday
13th June
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
Another meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Saturday
9th May
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
Another meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Monday
4th May
Shirley Timeline Event
The Right Worshipful Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Sue Blatchford, unveiled the FoSJP History Research Group's Shirley Timeline at an event in St.James' Park.
Wednesday
1st April
FoSJP History Book Presentation
The FoSJP History Team's book "St.James' Park - From Shirley Rec to Renovation, 1907‑2014" was presented to Southampton City Council and others at a special invitation event in the Mayor's Reception Room at Southampton Civic Centre.
Sunday
22nd March
FoSJP History Book Launch
The FoSJP History Team's book "St.James' Park - From Shirley Rec to Renovation, 1907‑2014" was launched at a special invitation afternoon tea event at Shirley Parish Hall.

2014

Sunday
7th December
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2014 Public History Talk #3
"Oatlands House — Its Later Life, Demolition and Rebirth"
Speaker: Madge Heath
Sunday
2nd November
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2014 Public History Talk #2
"Interpreting Tudor House"
Speaker: Karen Wardley
Sunday
5th October
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2014 Public History Talk #1
"Leaving for France, Landing at the Dardanelles — Hampshire and the Great War, 1914‑1915"
Speaker: Professor Adrian Smith, Faculty of Humanities: History, University of Southampton

Professor Smith's talk featured the Hampshire Regiment’s involvement in World War I, as a memorial lecture to those lost in that war.
Saturday
19th July
Bourne Avenue Street Party
The FoSJP History Research Group took the FoSJP History Display to the Bourne Avenue Residents' Street Party, along with bombing maps, an early picture of Bourne Avenue from the Peter Wardall Collection, and street directory entries for the 20th Century so that residents could trace who had lived in their houses.

One resident reported: "The history stall was a hub of interest from members of the street and made a great contribution to the attractions - I know that you were so much appreciated."
Sunday
8th June
FoSJP Remembers D‑Day
The FoSJP History Research Group commemorated the 70th anniversary of the D‑Day landings (6th June) with a public talk at Shirley Parish Hall entitled "Southampton from Blitz to D‑Day" by Jake Simpkin, accompanied by an exhibition.
Friday
16th May
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The nineteenth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group was a special lunchtime meeting, focusing on preparations for the forthcoming exhibition and talk to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D‑Day landings.
Sunday
27th April
Oral History Tea
The FoSJP History Research Group hosted a special invitation‑only afternoon tea for Oral History Project interviewees in the ParkLife Community Room at St.James' Park.
Saturday
1st March
Oral History Project Meeting
The FoSJP History Research Group organised a revision and progress session for volunteers involved with the Oral History Project. The meeting's focus was on "typing up audio recordings of people's memories of St.James' Park and its surrounding area", and there was also a practical aspect: "How to write a synopsis".
Saturday
8th February
Edwardian Photography Studio
The FoSJP History Research Group marked St.James' Park's 1907 Edwardian origins with a "Pop‑up Edwardian Photography Studio" at the ParkLife Community Room. Visit our report page to see the resulting Photograph Gallery.

The session was run by Anna Vickers - Artist, Photographer, and Community Arts Organiser, and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage Learning Team.
Saturday
1st February
Oral History Workshop
Padmini Broomfield, regional representative of the Oral History Society and formerly of the Southampton City Council Oral History Unit, gave a workshop to members of the Shirley Heritage Project on the transcription and archiving of oral history records, to help with its Oral History Project.

This workshop was funded courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Friday
10th January
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The eighteenth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.

2013

Sunday
1st December
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2013 Public History Talk #3
"The Rebuilding of Shirley Schools"
Speakers: Liz Webb, Michaela Lawler­Levene

2012‑2013 was the centenary year of the rebuilding of the Shirley Schools on Wilton and Bellemoor Roads (now Shirley Infant and Junior Schools). Liz, an architectural technician with a special interest in historical buildings and building preservation, shared the stories hidden in the building plans from 1912-1913, and Michaela shared the earlier Victorian history of the schools discovered in local and national archives.
Sunday
3rd November
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2013 Public History Talk #2
"Oatlands Lodge/House - things it saw and people it met"
Speaker: Madge Heath

Madge yet again delivered a fabulous public talk. The quality of Madge's research in her quest to unveil the local history of Shirley is just amazing. With records dating back to 1835 Madge uncovered that Oatlands House was initially opened as a seminary for young ladies. This 6 bedroom plus attic room house, eventually set on 2 acres of land, subsequently became the private residence of several families including the Allans and the Barlows, until the death of the final residential owner, the wealthy widow Mrs Hagan.

"Oatlands House Part 2 - The Journey beyond 1920" will be covered in the next series of public history talks - an eagerly awaited talk.

Despite searching in various archives, Madge didn't come across a picture of Oatlands House. She wonders if anyone had been taking a photo in St.James' Park prior to the 1960s that might have the old house on the corner of St.James' Road and Winchester Road in the background. If you might have such a photoo, please do get in touch or send us a scanned image via history@fosjp.org.uk.
Sunday
6th October
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2013 Public History Talk #1
"Images of Shirley from Old Picture Postcards"
Speaker: Peter Wardall

Peter Wardall, a prolific postcard collector, shared over 100 Victorian and Edwardian images of Shirley and their modern corresponding photographs with a 40‑strong audience: a truly "Then and Now"' experience and a real insight into the social changes of Shirley. Some 3D effects made the audience feel as though they were walking down Church Street in the early 1900s, among boys in caps and girls in white pinafores over their dresses.

One of the most visible changes was the differences in Shirley High Street and Shirley Road shops, especially the types of businesses: originally independent traders with very smart, beautifully presented shop windows, with awnings to protect their produce from the midday sun. Peter featured images of tea merchants, biscuit shops, family bakers, butchers, and shoes shops, and the audience reminisced about fish shops, grocery shops, and many more well‑loved shops including a bootmakers called "Jesus Strong's"!

In contrast, the view expressed was that today's shops seemed to have a higher proportion of charity shops, bookmakers, and fast food restaurants, although in 2013 there are some changes to this trend, with new coffee shops beginning to open. The changes in transport from trams, bicycles, and pedestrians to many cars and vans was very evident.

Most noticeable by their absence were the trees that lined avenues such as Cecil Avenue, and the rows of smart wrought iron garden fencing that lined many of Shirley's streets, including the wall around St.James' Church, which were needed for arms during World War II and were forcibly removed. Don Smith clearly remembers them coming round and cutting all the fencing off: there was no choice in the matter.

Mr AGK Leonard kindly donated two of his books on local postcards to the FoSJP History Research Group:
  • "Southampton in Old Picture Postcards" (Leonard AGK, 1992, Zaltbommel)
  • "Images of England, Southampton The Third Selection" (Leonard AGK, 2006, Tempus)
Tuesday
17th September
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The seventeenth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Saturday
22nd June
FoSJP History Research Group at Shirley Schools Fair
The FoSJP History Research Group shared a stall with the Shirley Schools Centenary Project at the Shirley Schools Fair. On display were exhibition folders containing:
  • Building plan drawings for the 1912 rebuild
  • Memories of the school collated at the 75th anniversary in 1987 with memories from Victorian days
  • Extracts from Southampton Town Council minutes from 1912 regarding the proposed changes
  • Plans and photos of the building of the Shirley Junior School Hall
  • Letters from classmates at school to Susan Ponsford, when she was an in‑patient at the Shirley Children's Hospital in the 1940s
  • Memories from past students shared for the Shirley Schools Centenary 2012
  • Letters to Ann Bassil from Shirley Junior School students in 2012
Exhibition stands contained photos and information relating to:
  • The early history of the Shirley Schools
  • Changes to the building of both schools
  • The FoSJP History display containing maps and images of St.James' Park
We were privileged to hear reminiscences and stories of people relating to St.James' Park and the local area, including stories of World War II bombing raids and evacuations.
Tuesday
14th May
Click here for illustrated report Educational Workshop at St.James' Park
In our first "post renovation" history lesson in St.James' Park, over 20 children and their parents found out more about the Park and its links to the past by listening to older peoples' stories and from the artwork in the newly renovated Park.
Tuesday
7th May
FoSJP History Research Group at Learn 2 Love Learning Club
FoSJP is very grateful to Arthur House, aged 93, who shared with the Learn 2 Love Learning Club some personal memories, particularly how relevant a bench in St.James' Park had been for him and his wife, Winnie.

Arthur carefully unwrapped some delicate and fragile personal mementos that he has carried in his wallet since World War II: his son's first baby shoe, a beautiful letter that he had written to his wife whilst at war, and the last "10‑bob note" that his father had given him on one of his "home on leave" visits - all items of personal significance, but linked to an historic period in time. Arthur was so good at telling his story that he has been invited to another group to talk to them.

photo of Arthur with USH students Arthur also told the club what had happened when he shared the story of his and Winnie's park bench with the students from Upper Shirley High School for our intergenerational art project, back in 2011. photo of Arthur's and Winnie's plaque He couldn't praise the children highly enough for the kindness that they showed in raising money for a new bench and plaque to be installed where the old one had been removed, near the NW Entrance of St.James' Park.

Thank you Arthur.
Tuesday
19th March
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
For their sixteenth meeting, delegates from the FoSJP History Research Group met again with a team from Shirley Infant School and Shirley Junior School.
Tuesday
5th March
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
For their fifteenth meeting, delegates from the FoSJP History Research Group met with a team from Shirley Infant School and Shirley Junior School.
Saturday
9th February
photo of Johnny Carrington at meeting FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The fourteenth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group. Playwright Johnny Carrington is looking for local true World War I stories as inspiration for his next historical play. His prize winning play Mitchell's Wings, based on the life of Spitfire designer RJ Mitchell, was a resounding success in 2011.
Tuesday
5th February
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The thirteenth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.

2012

Sunday
2nd December
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2012 Public History Talk #3
"Nathaniel and Catherine Jefferys - who do you think they were?"
Speakers: Patricia White & Erika Howells

Born in the late C18 and living in Shirley in the 1800s, the Jefferys were prominent landowners and philanthropists who were instrumental in the inception of the newly formed Shirley Parish in 1836. Local links to the couple include St.James' Church, Shirley Schools, land on what is now St.James' Park, Blighmont House, Belle Vue House, and Hollybrook House.

Patricia's and Erika's extensive research uncovered stories from the Jefferys family history associated with the Battle of Trafalgar, the death and funeral of Lord Nelson, the court of Royal Kings and Princes, and the proposed Victorian Didcot, Newbury, and Southampton railway extension.

A fascinating and enlightening talk which linked Shirley to the courts of George III and George IV and places as far afield as Fleetwood and Heysham.
Sunday
4th November
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2012 Public History Talk #2
"Shirley's Sites and Symbols – how well do you know them?"
Speaker: Dr Mary South

Mary had the audience guessing, as she showed sections of photographs taken around Shirley, from coats of arms, names of old cinema buildings, to carvings, tiles, and gravestones. As Mary pointed out, "It's amazing what is out there if you just take the time to look - especially if you look up."
Sunday
7th October
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2012 Public History Talk #1
"Plants that affect our lives"
Speaker: Celia Cox

photo of coffee plant Celia's presentation on plants that affect our lives was very thought‑provoking, starting with the question "How many plants do you think you might have touched in the first 10 minutes of this morning?" It certainly makes you think beyond the norm when you consider the furnishings around the house, the soap, the toothpaste, the cosmetics, the pyjamas taken off, the clothes put on our skin. Then we get onto that first morning cup of tea or coffee (plant pictured), the chair we sat in to drink it, and the list of plants around us goes on. The audience soon realised how much we take plants for granted and actually how we don't even realise that we're using something that is plant‑derived.

Celia's combined experience of a medical career (veterinary) and an MSc in Botany brings a wealth of knowledge with regards to the medicinal properties of and active ingredients in plants - knowledge lost in most of us these days. Issues of:
  • "Whose knowledge counts?"
  • "Traditional vs pharmaceutical medications"
  • "Understanding of ecosystems and plant cycles"
  • "Cash crops/mono‑cropping and the wider implications for economies, rural communities, and the environment"
were just a few of the many topics touched upon in this fascinating talk, which was worthy of any natural resource‑based studies or environmental/development studies‑based degree course.
Saturday
15th September
Tudor Costume Workshop
A workshop to help people convert old clothes to Tudor style for the forthcoming Michaelmas Fair in Southampton, in association with the Tudor Revels project.
Saturday
21st July
Medicinal and Edible Plants - Walk and Talk
An educational walk and talk to find out what plants our forebears might have used to survive when the Park was part of Tudor Shirley Common, organised by the Shirley Heritage Project and the Tudor Revels Project.
Monday
16th July &
Tuesday
17th July
Shirley Schools Centenary - Thank You Teas
Following the successful Shirley Schools Centenary celebration evening and exhibition, the FoSJP History Research Group was invited to Shirley Infant School and Shirley Junior School for "Thank You" teas.
Saturday
16th June
Shirley Schools Centenary - Summer Fair
The FoSJP History Research Group helped organise an extensive exhibition at the Shirley Schools Centenary Summer Fair of the history of the schools through the ages.
Wednesday
13th June
Shirley Schools Centenary - Evening Presentation
The FoSJP History Research Group made a presentation at an evening to celebrate the centenary of the Shirley Schools building.
Tuesday
12th June
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The twelfth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Friday
8th June
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The eleventh meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Saturday
12th May
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The tenth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Mondays:
16th April
to 16th July
Make Do and Mend - Summer Term - Sewing Machine Skills
Craft and Sewing classes for all abilities, with a different theme each term.
Saturday
3rd March
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The ninth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Saturday
28th January
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The eighth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.

New members Patricia and Erica will be sharing their fascinating research on Nathaniel and Catherine Jefferys during the forthcoming Shirley Heritage Project's Autumn Lecture Series.
Mondays:
9th January
to 26th March
Make Do and Mend - Spring Term - Mending & Darning Clothes
Craft and Sewing classes for all abilities, with a different theme each term.

2011

Mondays:
31st October to
12th December
Make Do and Mend - Autumn Term - Making Jewellery
Craft and Sewing classes for all abilities, with a different theme each term.
Sunday
4th December
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2011 Public History Talk #3
photo of model trams "Always a Tram in Sight"
Speaker: Jeffery Pain

The history of trams in Shirley and Southampton, part 2, following November 2010's popular presentation.

Click here for an illustrated report on this talk
Sunday
6th November
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2011 Public History Talk #2
"Andrew Barlow, Brewer and Benefactor" photo of Barlow and Ellyett Homes
Speaker: Madge Heath

A fascinating talk about the life of Andrew Barlow of the Barlow and Ellyett Homes, Church Street, Shirley.

The audience learnt about local breweries and how Andrew Barlow's philanthropy stretched far and wide across Southampton and also to Kent and South Africa, with which he had links. He funded the building of schools in the area, contributed to the building of churches, and made donations to the Shirley Children's Hospital, the Royal South Hants, and Southampton Hospital, to name but a few.
Sunday
2nd October
Shirley Heritage Project - Autumn 2011 Public History Talk #1
"Art in the Park"
Speakers: Anna Vickers, Don Smith, Michaela Lawler‑Levene

An illustrated talk showing how memories of Shirley Recreation Ground from the 1920s onwards have been represented in the new art in St.James' Park.
Saturday
10th September
The Making of "Mitchell's Wings" - Turning Testimony into Theatre
An evening event with light buffet and refreshments, at the ParkLife Community Café in St.James' Park.

This event was part‑funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Monday
15th August
Heritage at Jamie's Playtime
Jamie's Playtime is a play scheme for parents and pre‑school children aged up to 5. All sessions take place in St.James' Park.

FoSJP History and Drama celebrated the Park's World War II heritage at this session of Jamie's Playtime.
Saturday
16th July
Play in the Park!
The FoSJP History Research Group showcased Local History at this event, which was held to celebrate the Park's re‑opening after the restoration and improvement works, including Pete Wardall's "Then & Now" slideshow of local scenes.
Saturday
11th June
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The seventh meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Sunday
22nd May
Foyes Corner Community Festival History Stall
The FoSJP History Research Group showcased Local History at this year's Foyes Corner Community Festival.

People were keen to find out more about local history and to take a good look at the World War II local bombing maps that the group had prepared.

Thank you to all our volunteers who made the day such a success.
Saturday
16th April
Southampton History Fair
The FoSJP History Research Group had a stall at this year's Southampton History Fair at Townhill Park House.
Henry VIII
'Twas a grand day: even Henry VIII stopped by to view our pictures of "Shirley, Then and Now" (an exhibition of Edwardian postcards and their current day photos). It was good to meet people from other parts of the city who were brought up in Shirley and who were able to add to the memories of St.James' Park. A lovely day, lovely people.
Saturday
19th March
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The sixth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Sunday
6th March
Autumn 2010 Public History Talk #3
"St.James' Road Conservation Area: an Appraisal"
Speaker: Kevin White

Kevin from Southampton City Council - Historic Environment Planning and Sustainability Division gave a brief history of the development of the St.James' Road area since the mid 19th Century, and explained the concepts behind Conservation Areas, which are not intended to block all development but rather to manage change in a way that is sensitive to the character and history of the areas. His team will shortly be publicising a draft appraisal for public consultation.

Spitfire Production in Southampton during World War II - a Local Tribute
Speaker: Michaela Lawler‑Levene

Michaela presented an oral history recording of Don Smith's memories of local Spitfire production during World War II - including in Shirley Parish Hall itself - and added further insights on the roles that women played in the local war effort, to respectively mark the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire from Eastleigh Aerodrome (now Southampton Airport) and International Women's Day on 8th March.

Fairtrade refreshments were provided, courtesy of the Co‑operative Group, as part of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight initiative.
Saturday
12th February
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The fifth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Saturday
22nd January
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The fourth meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.

2010

Saturday
20th November
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The third meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Sunday
7th November
Autumn 2010 Public History Talk #2 Picture of last tram in Southampton
"Always a Tram in Sight"
The history of trams in Shirley and Southampton
Speaker: Jeffery Pain

Jeffery treated us to a history of the Southampton trams, in which we were taken - with the aid of a slide show collection of stunning images - on a delightful tour of our Victorian and Edwardian City. Our audience included an ex‑tram driver and several other people who remembered using the trams (which last ran in 1949), which led to some lively audience participation.

Picture: "The Last Tram in Southampton" by Ken Conway
Sunday
3rd October
Autumn 2010 Public History Talk #1 History research in progress
"Tips on Researching the History of Your House"
Speakers: Michaela Lawler‑Levene, Madge Heath

Michaela & Madge from the FoSJP History Research Group gave a well‑illustrated presentation and talk, sharing tips on how to research your own house with or without the property title deeds, using two local examples - Hanover Lodge, opposite St.James' Park, and Trafalgar Lodge, by Shirley Pond Park - and how to use genealogical resources, highlighting sources to be found on the internet.
Saturday
10th July
Bourne Avenue Street PartyFoSJP History Stall at Bourne Avenue Street Party
The FoSJP History Stall was on display at the Bourne Avenue Residents' Street Party celebrations, just around the corner from St.James' Park.

FoSJP would like to thank Bourne Avenue residents for their warm welcome, hospitality, and generosity. Special thanks go to Margaret, who looked after us so well, and to Carolyn, who donated to FoSJP an 1871 map of Southampton for us to share at our history talks.
Saturday
19th June
Shirley Infant/Junior Schools Summer Fair Shirley Infant School & Shirley Junior School Summer Fair 2010
The FoSJP History Stall was on display at the combined schools Summer Fair, with illustrated information on our latest research findings, a photographic quiz "Where in Shirley were these photographs taken?", and a collection of photographs entitled "All Around Our World in Shirley", based on 1905 postcards of Shirley and photographs of the same scenes taken in 2010.

For younger visitors there were History-themed Wordsearch and Quiz activities.
Sunday
13th June
FoSJP Family Walk FoSJP Family Walk, June 2010
A total of 28 people, aged from 10 weeks to 87 years, joined ecologist and local historian Dr Mary South on an historically-themed walk from St.James' Park along Lordsdale Greenway to Shirley Pond, where a picnic was enjoyed by all.
Saturday
12th June
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The second meeting of the FoSJP History Research Group.
Sunday
23rd May
"St.James' Park in World War II"
University of Southampton student project
A group of students from the University's History department has been researching the history of St.James' Park (Shirley Recreation Ground) during World War II. As part of their project brief, they presented their findings in a public talk at Shirley Parish Hall.
Saturday
8th May
"Shirley Remembers"
Memories of World War II and VE Day 1945
We marked VE Day by hosting a "Shirley Remembers" afternoon at Shirley Parish Hall.
Sunday
25th April
FoSJP History Research Group Meeting
The first meeting of our newly-formed FoSJP History Research Group.

2009 - 2010

Sundays:
4th October,
1st November,
6th December,
7th February,
7th March
Shirley Heritage Project - Public History Talks Public History Talks
As part of the Shirley Heritage Project, FoSJP organised a series of five public talks on local history topics, with presenters ranging from academics and local historians to FoSJP members.

Visit our Public History Talks page for a report on these talks, and to find out what our audiences thought.

2009

Saturday
16th May
St.James' Park History Exhibition Picture of history exhibition
Shirley Parish Hall played host to an exhibition of historical information related to the Park and its surrounding area.
Saturday
28th March
Bitterne Local History Society - History Fair Picture of Townhill Park House
The FoSJP History Stall was present at the History Fair at Townhill Park House.

2008

Tuesday
13th May
to
Friday
16th May
Parish, Paupers and Poo! Picture of Parish, Paupers and Poo!
For four evenings in May, the Park played host to the Sarah Siddons Fan Club's outdoor production of Parish, Paupers and Poo!, an historical and dramatical performance based on the history of Southampton.

2007

Sunday
30th September
"Meandering with Mary"
A walk & talk tour of the buildings around the Park, led by Mary South, local historian and tour guide, and followed by a history exhibition and refreshments in Shirley Parish Hall.
Saturday
7th July
Park100 Picture of History Stall at Park100
The FoSJP History Stall was on display at Park100, a major Summer fun event to celebrate 100 years of St.James' Park.
Sunday
6th May
FoSJP's First Birthday Party Picture of History Quiz winners
The FoSJP History Stall was on display at FoSJP's First Birthday Party event, at which we also organised a fun History Quiz with prizes for the winners.

2006

Saturday
27th May
Reminiscence Day Picture of original Winchester Road entrance
In May 2006, shortly after FoSJP was founded, we organised a Reminiscence Day event in the Park, at which members of the community were invited to share their memories and historical knowledge of the Park.

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