Re-opening venues 2 December
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be safely reopening SeaCity Museum and Southampton City Art Gallery on Wednesday 2 December.
To keep everyone safe in our venues and to make sure we're COVID-19 secure, we'll still have in place one-way routes, increased cleaning measures and reduced visitor numbers to maintain social distancing and public safety.
We are in Tier 2: High Alert, so please note that you can only book per household, up to six people as per Government guidelines. People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
Pre-book tickets to one of our venues below:
At SeaCity Museum, all three exhibitions will be open to visitors - Southampton’s Titanic Story, Gateway to the world and Southampton Stories.
At Southampton City Art Gallery you can enjoy - Nahem Shoa: Face of Britain and Shadows and Light which is part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme. Also, we are delighted to announce that there will now be a physical version of the Calm in the Collection exhibition on display in the gallery next week.
So come and join us - we can't wait to see you again soon!
Tudor House Christmas Experience Online
Sat 12 Dec / 3pm-4pm / Family tickets £7.50
Sadly, our beloved Tudor House and Garden Museum won't be open in time for Christmas, but you can join the Tudor House elves, Kate and Andy, for an hour of festive fun live from the house online.
The hour will be full of games, stories, creative family sessions, some fun history facts and more. Experience the Tudor House Christmas magic online - Book a family ticket here.
Christmas family workshops
We also have some festive online and socially distanced family art workshops to look forward to below:
Sun 13 Dec / 4pm / Sketch with Santa! Online / £10
As meeting Santa may prove tricky this year, we have an online visit from him at the gallery instead at Sketch with Santa. Book here
Sat 5 Dec / 1pm - 2:30pm / Send the Best Christmas Cards Ever! Family Workshop / Southampton City Art Gallery / £6
Experiment with a wide range of materials to Send the Best Christmas Cards Ever Suitable for families with children aged 4 to 14. Book here
Sat 19 Dec / 1pm - 2:30pm / Wintry Wire Decorations! Family Workshop / Southampton City Art Gallery / £6
Make your very own Wintry Wire Decorations to add the finishing touch to your tree - as satisfying for grownups as for children aged 7 plus. Book here
Mon 21 Dec / 10am - 11am / Christmas Eve Santa Plates / Southampton City Art Gallery / £7
Welcome Santa with a festive snack plate designed and decorated by you! Take a decorated plate home, bake it in the oven (to set your design), and use it year after year. Don’t worry, we’ve not forgotten Rudolf, we’ll make a gift for him too! Book here
We want to make your visit is as enjoyable and safe as possible. Due to COVID-19 restrictions anyone attending a workshop will need a ticket. Each booking will be seated at the same table; if you are booking for two households please make two separate purchases. Please ensure all adults book a free accompanying adult ticket. All adults and children aged 11 and over will need to wear a face covering. If workshops need to be cancelled due to local COVID-19 restrictions a full refund will be immediately issued.
#MyGivingThanks campaign launched
Yesterday #MyGivingThanks, a new campaign to create digital memories that bring the people of Southampton together in a shared celebration of our city and our communities was launched by the Mayflower 400 team. During this difficult time, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and share the important things that make a difference to our lives every day, however small.
You can get involved by sharing what you are thankful for online. Post a photo, video, poem, story on social media and share using the hashtag #MyGivingThanks. The campaign will be running until the 14th February so there is plenty of time to get involved and share what you are thankful for.
Here's a short film to help to inspire you and get you started - Watch here.
You can find out more about #MyGivingThanks on the Mayflower400 website and their Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Cultural Services Advent
This December, Cultural Services will be running an advent on Facebook each day from 1 December until 24 December. Festive posts will appear on different Cultural Services social media pages each day. Look out for Christmassy contributions from Southampton Archives, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton Stories, the Local Studies and Maritime Library and Tudor House and Garden.
Visit Southampton City Libraries Facebook page on 1 December to discover the significance of the above image from Southampton Archives, and to find out where to go for day two of this joyful advent.
Online exhibition talks and tours
Online Exhibition Tour: Nahem Shoa: Face of Britain / Thurs 10 Dec / 7pm / From £4.40
Join artist and curator Nahem Shoa, for a virtual tour of the amazing Face of Britain exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery, exploring the themes of the show and works on display. Book here
Online Curator Talk: Stephen Foster: Shadows and Light / Thurs 17 Dec / 7pm / From £4.40
Join Emeritus professor, Stephen Foster, MBE to explore the Shadows and Light exhibition which forms part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme, marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower on its now famous journey to the New World. Book here
Sir Edward Coley Burne Jones: Finding Perseus / Tues 1 Dec / 7pm – 8.30pm / From £4.40
An exploration of the life and times of Burne-Jones and his fascination with the myth of Perseus. Book here
The End of Baroque: A Flowery Death on the Rocks of Rococo / Tues 15 Dec / 7pm – 8.30pm / From £4.40
Artist and Art historian guides us through the Rococco, often referred to as the high Baroque movement. Book here
Kids online art class
Explore the weird and wonderful world of art with artist Ali Eales! Packed with drawing challenges, games and projects, this fun and accessible online course spans Greek myths and contemporary art, with plenty in between! Sessions aimed at 7 - 11 year olds.
- Wed 2 Dec / 4.30pm / Cubism for Kids: The Fantastic Fractured World of Picasso and Braque / £7.50 - Book here
- Wed 9 Dec / 4.30pm / Christmas Cartoons and Cards / £7.50 - Book here
Have your say - UK City of Culture 2025
Bidding to become UK City of Culture 2025 is a huge opportunity for Southampton and the competition, which is run every four years, brings great cultural, artistic, social and economic benefits to the winning city. Listening to the residents of Southampton is at the heart of the bid and The UK City of Culture programme will be shaped having identified the needs of the local community. By completing a short online survey, you can express your ideas and have a say in shaping the future of our city. Have your voice heard and help Southampton win the bid.
To find out more about the bid visit www.southampton2025.co.uk or keep up to date with the latest news on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @soutampton2025
Have your say - Museum or gallery visit
We'd love to hear back about your recent visit to SeaCity Museum or Southampton City Art Gallery to help us improve our offer. Please click on one of the venues below to complete a short feedback survey about your visit.
Southampton City Art Gallery
SeaCity Museum Survey
Also if you visited Wampum: Stories from the shells of Native America exhibition at SeaCity Museum recently, please share your thoughts on this survey. It should take approximately three minutes to complete.
Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts to help us improve our service.