Millbrook Local History Society

1 Feb 2018 - Southampton Maison Dieu. (Hospital of God's House)

Located in Winkle Street in the south eastern corner of the Old Town, and privately owned, this is possibly the least known of Southampton's historic locations. The talk traces the story of the Maison Dieu from its late 12th century origins to the present day.

4 Jan 2018 - The Millionth Yank. Jake Simpkin

In October 1944 the millionth American soldier embarked from Southampton,which was then the 5th biggest military port in the world,operated by the 14th Major Port US Transportation Corp. This illustrated talk describes how Jake Simpkin researched the Millionth Yank to discover who he was, where he came from, what happened to him, and how he came to symbolise the 2 million US soldiers, who embarked from Southampton to the European theatre of war in WW2.

4 May - My RAF fighter pilot father's recollections in a POW camp.

 John Hall gave us a very interesting talk about the life of his father an RAF fighter pilot and his time spent in a German prisoner of war camp.John has written a biography of his father and the Society together with some of our members purchased copies.

6 Apr - Quaker businesses of Great Britain.

John Avery for a very interesting talk about the Quaker businesses of Great Britain , many of these businesses are now the brand name only having being taken over by multi million pound/dollar firms. Businesses that really cared about their employees by housing them and looking after their personal wellbeing so getting the very best from them. Cadburys was one such business.

2 March - Canals and Waterways of Hampshire

Rev Robert Sanday explained how the Canals and waterways of Hampshire helped to develop industry and develop town over the centuries. But most of the canals have disappeared. We thank him for a very interesting talk.

2 Feb - The story of Itchen Ferry Village

Dr Cheryl Butler gave us a very interesting insight of the life of the Ferry men in Itchen Ferry Village ( Woolston ) and how its changed over the years. Also how being rowed across from Woolston side to Southampton have changed. We would like to thank her very much.

7 Jan - History of the Fire Service

Alan House gave us an interesting talk on the History of the Fire Service from the Romans up to today's Fire and Rescue Service.

7 July - Fire Service in time of War

Talk on 7 July by Alan House on Fire Service in time of war.We were given an interesting talk by Alan House, an archivist for Hampshire Fire Service. With photographic illustrations he took us through the history of the setting up of the National Service and how it progressed from local stations who banded together and helped each other in time of need to the country wide organisation which cooperated throughout the war years. Explaining some of the difficulties and methods of dealing with the fierce conflagrations during war time. Dramatic photos of burning buildings and one iconic photo of St Paul’s Cathedral amidst the clouds of smoke bought home to us the brave men and women who were there to save lives and property.

We were given an interesting talk by Alan House, an archivist for Hampshire Fire Service. With photographic illustrations he took us through the history of the setting up of the National Service and how it progressed from local stations who banded together and helped each other in time of need to the country wide organisation which cooperated throughout the war years. Explaining some of the difficulties and methods of dealing with the fierce conflagrations during war time. Dramatic photos of burning buildings and one iconic photo of St Paul’s Cathedral amidst the clouds of smoke bought home to us the brave men and women who were there to save lives and property.

2 June - 100 years of the WI and beyond

Helen Carter gave a talk 100 years and beyond, a history of how the Women?s Institute started In Canada and how it came to the UK. Is it all jam and Jerusalem or a whole lot more? So we served up Scones with Jam & Cream free to Celebrate.

3 Mar - Romsey Warhorses

Phoebe Merrick told us all about the life of the horses from start to finish. How they were bought, then transported to the various training stables, tamed, trained for war work then shipped of to war. Now in Romsey War Memorial Park stands a statue of a warhorse to which Phoebe was on the committee that commission it.

4 Feb - History of RNLI

Caroline Tilley gave us an interesting and fun talk on the life and times of The Royal National Lifeboat Institution which is manned and run by volunteers. The organisation is totally charity based. Starting 1824 with the famous Grace Darling story to the Nafsiporos Rescue in 1966. She was accompanied by a lovely lady Elizabeth who was selling RNLI gifts to raise money for the charity.

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