Historic Buildings Survey

In 2003 Southampton City Museums Archaeological Society (SCMAS) began a photographic survey of Southampton's historic buildings. The project involved photographing all the buildings on the first series Ordnance Survey 25" map (18671881) that were still standing. This was carried out by a team of volunteers from the society between 2003 and 2012, and eventually covered the entire modern city of Southampton. All the photographs were scanned and entered on the PortCities website, which has since been archived so the photos are no longer available there.


The photographs can now be accessed temporarily via the following link:

Photograph Access


You can search for specific images (using "Topic" options on the left) on this page:

Image Search


In the longer term, it is planned that the original written and photographic records held in the Southampton Reference Library should be checked by members of the SCMAS (now SAS) team once the Library re-opens. This is to ascertain the total number of written records and ensure that all details are copied online, and whether it should be necessary to rescan any of the images in case of poor quality.

We hope eventually to have the complete collection again available on the Southampton City council website.


March 2021

Southampton Archaeology Society