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Southampton - Gateway to the World

Discover the story of merchant shipping and port life in Southampton. Our archive contains over 10,000 photographs, maps, sound clips, documents, games and other objects. Use the Search box (top right of every page) to find items.

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Remembering D-Day
When American Soldiers left for Normandy 
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Trade - lifeblood of a port

Trade is the sole reason a port exists. Discover the different types of trades and how each affects the way a port grows.

Find out about the small company that made an impact on the world aviation stage.  First to start commercial flights across the channel and winner of the Schneider Trophy outright for Great Britain.

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On this Day
23 November 1940
First sustained air raid on Southampton.
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