Founded in 1977, FoSMAG is a registered charity supporting Southampton’s rich heritage by assisting and promoting the work of Southampton’s museums, archives and galleries. 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. In the last three years, FoSMAG donations have totalled almost £40,000 and by providing “matched funding” have helped access even more funds from other arts funding bodies.
FoSMAG has individual, joint and family 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
- Southampton Decorative and Fine Arts Society.
- Southampton Philharmonic Choir.
FoSMAG organises a programme of monthly events, a series of illustrated talks on varied subjects connected to our local heritage and cultural topics, along with social events and an annual outing 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 have reopened after extensive refurbishment. 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. Work has begun on a flagship arts complex, scheduled to open in 2015/16, 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.