Founded in 1976, FoSMAG is a registered charity supporting Southampton’s rich heritage by assisting and promoting the work of Southampton’s museums, archives and galleries. Last year we celebrated our 40th anniversary. Our network of committed volunteer members provide practical help through volunteering at events, sorting and cataloguing Southampton Art Gallery’s book and slide libraries, helping with mailings and much more. An important feature of our work is to raise money to help the museums, archives and galleries with practical items, refurbishment and new purchases.
FoSMAG has individual members and some local groups join as “institutional members” both to support our work and gain access to the benefits of such membership. Institutional members include Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery
FoSMAG has organised events such as illustrated talks on varied subjects connected to our local heritage and cultural topics, also social events and outings to a place of interest. See what is coming up by viewing our Events page.
Supporting Southampton’s Heritage
Southampton, famous for its port, has a rich cultural and industrial heritage. The City Art Gallery is one of the UK’s premier galleries renowned for its fine collection of twentieth century works. Westgate Hall and Tudor House and Gardens in the old town two of its finest medieval buildings . The acclaimed SeaCity Museum at the Civic Centre tells Southampton’s story, including the story of the ill-fated RMS Titanic which departed from Southampton. The flagship arts complex will open in 2017 in the heart of the Cultural Quarter, providing contemporary arts experiences for performing and visual arts. With 2 performance spaces, a dance studio and education spaces, it will provide a new city centre home for the John Hansard Gallery and for City Eye. Also near the centre of this culturally diverse city are The Solent Sky Aviation Museum, Solent Showcase and Medieval Merchant’s House (run by English Heritage).
If you would like to know more about our work and join FoSMAG, please follow the links on this site.