Explore locations around Southampton that help to tell the story of the city during World War II. This guided walk is presented by Southampton Tourist Guides, who have been presenting tours around the city since 1976.
Southampton's role in Britain's wartime efforts has been very topical of late. The University of Southampton have had a stringof events through 2017 and early 2018 as part of their 'The Great War: The Unknown War' programme commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I. The focus on World War II has been spurred on by the premiere of The Shadow Factory at the new NST City theatre. The play, an original NST production, explores the stories of the people left back home in Southampton as did their bit for the war effort by manufacturing Britain's wartime treasure: the Supermarine Spitfire.
The guided walk is presented in partnership with the NST, who have been supporting events around the city that tie in with the story of the Shadow Factory. In a similar vein to the theatre production, the walk is dedicated to the civilians of Southampton during WWII, recognising their contributions and sharing their stories and experiences during the war. There will also be an opportunity to explore some of the underground air-raid shelters used during the war.
Tickets are £5.50, including booking fee, and can be booked online. There are four walks available, and all start at 11am. The walks will start at Guildhall Square.