Southampton City Archives

Southampton City Archives is situated on the lower ground floor of the Civic Centre. They hold resources relating to the history of Southampton and its people, dating back to 1199.  These archives include photographs, maps, plans, letters and diaries, registers.

Archives also include title deeds, oral history recordings, minute books and charters.

Whether you are tracing your family history, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, searching for the history of a house or wanting to learn more about your local community, you will find the resources held of use.  

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Southampton City Archives


Southampton City Archives 
Civic Centre 
Civic Centre Road 
SO14 7LY 

Telephone Number:

023 8083 2251 


For details of their directions, opening hours and collections, please visit their Home Page. Details about the Central index of Merchant Seamen is accessible from this page, which was compiled using one million and a quarter navy service record cards.  Dating from 1918-1941, this Index contains details of people serving on British registered ships during this period.  

The Archive has many documents relating to the history of Southampton, which include Southampton corporation records:

  • Town Administration records
  • Property records
  • Finance and trade
  • Justice
  • Poor Relief
  • Military
  • Parliamentary Taxes

Records of Local Boards, commissioners and companies include:

  • Pavement and Improvement Commissioners
  • Southampton Board of Health
  • Shirley Board of Health
  • Board of Guardians
  • Waterworks
  • Southampton School Board
  • St Mary Extra School Board
  • Hound and Sholing School Board

Records of Local Boards, commissioners and companies also include:

  • Itchen Urban District
  • Bitterne Parish Council
  • Millbrook Parish Council
  • North Stoneham Parish
  • South Stoneham Parish
  • Northam Bridge Company
  • Floating Bridge Company

They also have records of Southampton council departments, which incorporate:

  • Architect
  • Building Control
  • Education
  • Engineer
  • Fire Brigade
  • Magistrates Court
  • Motor Taxation
  • Police Force
  • Treasurers

Further details about any of these collections are available.  A list of Southampton mayors from 1217 to 2017 is also accessible.

The Civic Centre is close to bus stops.  They are 5 minutes walk from Southampton Central Railway Station.  To locate the Archive, follow the signs to the city centre.  

Some publications are available for sale, which include:

  • 1846 Map of Southampton
  • Castleman’s Corkscrew. The Southampton and Dorchester Railway 1844-1848
  • History of St Michael's Church
  • Minstrels and Players in Southampton 1428-1635
  • Monuments and Memorials in Southampton
  • Southampton City Charters
  • Southampton Police Force 1836-1856

If you are unable to visit in person, a research service is offered.

The Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

Please also view my pages regarding Hampshire Record Office and Portsmouth History Centre.

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