A new exhibition in Southampton is set to celebrate the golden age of ocean liners, from the 1920s to the 1950s, when the vessels were the lifeblood of city, bringing employment, industry and glamour.
From the early days in the 1890s to modern-day cruise liners, Port Out, Southampton Home, a major exhibition exclusive to SeaCity Museum tells the story of these great ocean liners and evokes the romance of sea travel and life on board.
On display will be a wide range of rarely seen items from the city’s maritime collection, including ship models, posters, photographs and ephemera from the great liners such as menu cards and souvenirs.
You will also be able to see furniture and other items from some of the famous ships that called Southampton home, such as the Mauretania, Queen Mary and QE2, and learn about the people who travelled and worked the oceans aboard these iconic ships through letters, diaries and oral history interviews with passengers and crew.
Councillor Satvir Kaur, cabinet member for communities, culture and leisure at Southampton City Council, said: “This fantastic new exhibition at SeaCity Museum, which uses our own extensive maritime collection, will show how the city’s relationship with the ocean liner began and then blossomed in the early 20th century, harking back to a time of glamour and romance.”