Southampton: Gateway to the World

Southampton Centre

For thousands of years people have arrived or left through Southampton, the Gateway city.

Some travelled as traders, some settled here, others arrived seeking refuge. Some merely passed through on their way to fight wars or flee persecution. The city today has a vibrant and culturally diverse population with origins across the UK and world.

Where did they come from?
Why did they leave their homes?
What new ideas, culture and languages did they bring with them?
This gallery introduces visitors to people who have passed through Southampton: from Roman traders bringing new merchandise, Saxon settlers setting up homes bringing in new trades and skills to Hamwic, or Huguenot Protestants seeking refuge and Victorian industrialists with links across the British Empire.

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