Living Southampton

50th Anniversary of City Status

    • Schoolchildren in the Mayor's Parlour on 24 February 2014

    Schoolchildren in the Mayor's Parlour on 24 February 2014

2014 Southampton celebrated a very special occasion. 
On 24 February 1964. Southampton was awarded city status by royal charter and this year will celebrate its golden jubilee.

50 years on the Mayor, Councillor Ivan White, opened his Parlour in the Civic Centre on 24 February to local schoolchildren and citizens starting a year of celebrations in the city.

Visitors were personally greeted by the Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs Mary White, to view the extensive collection of gifts received from visiting dignatories the world over.

A painted portait of Her Majesty the Queen, commissioned by public subscription is a highlight of the other artworks that is also displayed. Later on the same day at 5pm, a Service of Thanksgiving  took place at St Mary’s Church.

What does the golden jubilee of the city of Southampton mean to you? What are your memories of the last fifty years and what are your hopes and aspirations for the future? What can we do to make the city a better place for our children and grandchildren?
    • Commemorative Items

    Commemorative Items

Commemorative range celebrates city’s 50 years
A range of ‘story products’ designed by local artists to celebrate Southampton’s 50 years as a city has been unveiled at Tudor House Museum.

The range includes Town Quay and a Tudor House mugs and money boxes, place settings, coasters and jigsaw puzzles.

Each product carries a GPS reference so locations can be tracked and explored.

The commemorative items are available from Tudor House Museum and online from Solutions Southampton website.