Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases … the Black Death, Sweating Sickness, Typhus, Smallpox but never fear the local wise women, friars and apothecaries are ready with the urine wheel, plants that look like bits of the body and the odd amulet to nurse you back to health. If that doesn’t work the local barber-surgeon is… Continue reading Potions, Poulitce & Pus
On the hundredth anniversary of some women finally being given the right to vote, and the year that a statue to Millicent Fawcett has appeared in Parliament Square, the Sarah Siddons Fan Club have turned their attention to the story of suffrage in Southampton. In 1912 Southampton was seen as such a hotbed of support… Continue reading Deeds not Words!
Christmas Ghost Walks: 12–14 December 2017 Its Christmas time in the old Southampton Gaol at God’s House Tower, in Winkle Street and the Gaoler and his wife are full of Christmas ‘spirit’. Join our merry pair as they look to earn a few extra groats for the holidays by leading a tour around the prison… Continue reading Ghosts, Ghouls and Gaolers of God’s House
Following in the footsteps of the intrepid Ghost Hunter and inventor of Gothic Literature, Horace Walpole, The Fan Club are planning a night time visit to the glorious ruins of Netley Abbey. As one of the most iconic places in the history of the gothic, Netley has apparitions a plenty and not just walled up… Continue reading A Mystery of a Horrible Nature
Everything is set for our big Jane Austen Festival Weekend – a celebration of Jane’s connection to the town and the Spa Period of Southampton’s history. We have series of talks, walks, tours, performances, workshops, concerts, living history, and more lined up over the weekend all culminating with our big Regency Ball in the very… Continue reading The Stinking Fish of Southampton Festival Weekend