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Lockdown ideas

Although our venues are currently closed, there are still lots of online resources, activities, talks, videos and more to keep us all going during this third national lockdown. 

Check out some ideas below and follow our venue social media pages for even more fun and educational ideas, quizzes and more.


Free educational activity packs

Free activity packs

If you’re back to home schooling and need some ideas to keep the kids busy, we have some fantastic free educational activity packs which you can find on our venue websites below:


Fascinating short videos

Check out lots of fascinating short history and art videos from our Cultural Services Learning Team on their YouTube Channel.

Join Learning Officer Bea at SeaCity Museum in the below video, as she investigates how ways of communicating have changed over the past 2,000 years. 

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Kids online spring art club

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Explore the weird and wonderful world of art with artist Ali Eales through drawing challenges, games and projects!

This course is aimed at 7 - 11 year olds although children of other ages may enjoy it and adults accompanying their children are welcome to participate!

Tickets are required for each device being used to access the event, although we are very happy for more than one child to participate on each device.

As with all our children's activities, an adult will need to stay close at hand to participating children throughout the class.

Session are each Wednesday / 4:30pm / Book individual sessions here

13 Jan – Anthony Gormley and I

20 Jan – Capturing the Ghosts of Tudor House: Illustrating people from Southampton's past

27 Jan – Barry Flanagan: When Art Bunnies ATTACK!

3 Feb – Neo-Pop: Mundane Magnificence and the art of Michael Craig-Martin

10 Feb – Behind the Mask: Explore the significance of masks in art and make your own


In conversation with artist David Ward

David Ward

Thursday 14 January / 7:00pm / Online talk

Join artist David Ward as he discusses his work with Stephen Foster, curator of our latest exhibition Shadows and Light. This online 'in conversation' event will last approximately an hour.

Book online


Pioneering women artist talk series

Bridget Riley

Join artist Abi Kremer in a series of talks exploring the work of three pioneering artists represented in Southampton City Art Gallery's Collection: Eileen Agar, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Bridget Riley.

Get 20% off if you book all three. Or book session individually below.

Eileen Agar -  Wednesday 13 January / 7:00pm / Online talk

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham - Wednesday 20 January / 7:00pm / Online talk

Bridget Riley - Wednesday 27 January / 7:00pm / Online talk

Image credit: Bridget Riley, Red Movement 2005 © Bridget Riley 2020. All rights reserved.


Quarantine in Tudor Southampton

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Tuesday 26 January / 7:00pm / Online talk

Join this gruesome online history talk with Dr Cheryl Butler, where the plague, pox and the sweating sickness were just some of the epidemics that swept into Tudor Southampton.

With limited knowledge on infections, the spread of disease and the cause of pandemics how did our Tudor ancestors cope?

Book online 


Impressionism and the impressionists: A whistle-stop tour

Impressionism

Tuesday 2nd February / 7:00pm / Online talk

Join artist and art historian Ali Eales to explore this compelling and ever popular genre.

Book online 


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How to avoid getting cash strapped in 2021

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How to avoid getting cash strapped in 2021

COVID-19 has affected many people’s incomes, making it increasingly difficult to manage the household budget and stay out of debt. If you’re counting up the cost of Christmas and want to start 2021 getting on top of your finances, our friendly Welfare Rights & Money Advice team are here to help.

Read on to discover their top money and budgeting tips below:

Work out a budget

Staying in control of your money means having as much information on your income and outgoings as possible. Use an online budget planner to track your spending and work out what you can afford. This will help prevent you ending up in debt or getting caught out by unexpected costs, and in a better position to save for the future.

There are also some great free budgeting apps available and your bank might have an online budgeting tool that takes information directly from your transactions. You can also download the personal budget sheet from our website.

Check your benefit entitlement

If your income has changed it is important to check that that you are claiming all the benefits you are entitled to. Check your benefit entitlement.

Tips for saving money

  • Use comparison sites to check you’re getting the best deal on contracts like gas, electric, phone and insurance. 
  • Keep a spending diary – you might be surprised how much you spend that could be saved.
  • Try to cut back on non-essential spending such as takeaways, smoking, alcohol etc. and cancel subscriptions you don’t use or need anymore.
  • Save on petrol and bus fares by walking as much as you can. 

Save for the unexpected

It’s a good idea to include money on your budget planner to save for unexpected expenses such as repairing or replacing a fridge, cooker, washing machine or car and things like birthdays, Christmas and other religious festivals, children’s pocket money and school trips.

By putting small amounts aside regularly you will be able to cope with these events without having to miss payments on other things, especially your rent. It’s a good idea to keep your savings in a separate account from the one you use for day-to-day income and outgoings. Check out Help to Save Account from the Money Saving Expert for more tips and advice on saving.

Get help with debt problems 

Our Welfare Rights & Money Advice team can help with debt and money worries. The team offers free confidential advice to help you budget manage your debts. Get in touch or call 023 8083 2339 for a confidential chat.

 

Sure Start/0-19 Early Help & Prevention Facebook Page

 

From Monday 4th January Sure Start East, West & Central are merging to one Citywide Facebook page.

“ Sure Start Family Hub Southampton”

 

There will be activities for families to do at home , singing, stories, healthy cooking, ZOOM sessions, signposting to services re; health, wellbeing, training, employment plus much more

Families with children 0-19 years:

https://www.facebook.com/Surestartfamilyhubsouthampton

 

Christmas Tea

 

Looking for a special Christmas treat? SeaCity café is laying on a festive afternoon tea each day in a COVID-19 secure environment.

Enjoy a selection of tasty seasonal sweet and savoury treats. Check availability and food options here.

 

 

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A COVID secure Walk-Through Nativity @ St James’ by the park Church is taking place between Sunday 20th to Weds 23rd. The church will be open between 10am-12pm and 2-4pm for people to take a walk through our building, stopping to listen, watch, read and reflect on what's been called "The Greatest story ever told" - through the eyes of Mary and Joseph, the Innkeeper and the Shepherds. Pause to light a candle or pray if you want to. There will be a goodie bag on the way out, for young and old. We recommend that you bringing a smart-phone or tablet, and a pair of headphones if you have them, to be able to enjoy the full experience. To find out more go to https://www.stjamesbythepark.org/christmas.html  

 

 

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For those who are missing the carol services and singing the churches in Shirley have worked together to produce an on line carol service. The premiere will be on Sunday 20th December @ 7pm and will be available, on the website, to watch at any point over the Christmas period. God to https://www.shirleychristmas.org.uk/ for more information and to watch the service, see if you can spot any familiar faces. 

 
Thank you for taking the time to read the email. 
 
Have a great Christmas and stay safe. 
Rich 

 

 

Healthier Together is an online resource for parents with school age children. Dr Sanjay Patel has prepared a series of short videos for you on subjects like "How can I explain COVID-19 to my child or class?"

Dr Patel filmed the videos to answer some of the questions being posed to him by parents and children about schools. The videos help explain why schools have put certain processes in place; why it is so important that children, parents and teachers comply with the rules; and why children are very unlikely to get unwell from COVID.

You can watch all of Healthier Together's videos here

 

 

XMAS on Budget

Christmas on a budget

Christmas is an expensive time of year and many families feel under pressure to spend more than they can afford in December.

This year, with COVID-19 adding to many people’s money worries, it is more important than ever not to overspend on festive treats.

If you are already struggling to pay your day to day bills on a tight budget the thought of Christmas expenses can be stressful, but by following our tips and planning ahead you can avoid debt this festive season.

  • Set yourself a budget of what you can afford and stick to it. Make a list of your Christmas expenses like food, cards, activities and presents, then use the Budget Planner to help manage your finances and show any overspending
  • Don’t forget everyday bills like rent, council tax and utilities must still be paid and the consequences can be severe if they’re not. Remember there are no longer ‘non-payment’ rent weeks at Christmas
  • Make a pact with family and friends to only buy presents for the children and swap Secret Santa gifts for the adults with a limit of £5 or £10. If lockdown means you’ve got more time on your hands at home, try making or baking homemade gifts instead of buying them
  • Sending free e-Christmas cards by email will save on the cost of buying and posting traditional cards and is also much more environmentally friendly
  • Plan ahead and only buy food and drink you realistically need (think about how much you threw away last year!)
  • Switch to supermarket own-brand products and instantly reduce your grocery bills
  • If you can afford to pay for goods outright don’t be persuaded to take out credit unless it really does work out cheaper. Be wary about ‘Buy now, pay later’ offers. Are you sure you’ll have the money then?

If you’re worried about debt don’t bury your head in the sand. Talk to our Welfare Rights & Money Advice team who can help you find a way forward and avoid starting the 2021 in debt.XMAS on Budget

Christmas on a budget

Christmas is an expensive time of year and many families feel under pressure to spend more than they can afford in December.

This year, with COVID-19 adding to many people’s money worries, it is more important than ever not to overspend on festive treats.

If you are already struggling to pay your day to day bills on a tight budget the thought of Christmas expenses can be stressful, but by following our tips and planning ahead you can avoid debt this festive season.

  • Set yourself a budget of what you can afford and stick to it. Make a list of your Christmas expenses like food, cards, activities and presents, then use the Budget Planner to help manage your finances and show any overspending
  • Don’t forget everyday bills like rent, council tax and utilities must still be paid and the consequences can be severe if they’re not. Remember there are no longer ‘non-payment’ rent weeks at Christmas
  • Make a pact with family and friends to only buy presents for the children and swap Secret Santa gifts for the adults with a limit of £5 or £10. If lockdown means you’ve got more time on your hands at home, try making or baking homemade gifts instead of buying them
  • Sending free e-Christmas cards by email will save on the cost of buying and posting traditional cards and is also much more environmentally friendly
  • Plan ahead and only buy food and drink you realistically need (think about how much you threw away last year!)
  • Switch to supermarket own-brand products and instantly reduce your grocery bills
  • If you can afford to pay for goods outright don’t be persuaded to take out credit unless it really does work out cheaper. Be wary about ‘Buy now, pay later’ offers. Are you sure you’ll have the money then?

If you’re worried about debt don’t bury your head in the sand. Talk to our Welfare Rights & Money Advice team who can help you find a way forward and avoid starting the 2021 in debt.

 

Important information for foreign citizens living in the UK

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Important information for foreign citizens living in the UK

If you or someone you know is from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, it’s important you know how you will be affected after Brexit and what you need to do to continue living in the UK.

Already have settled or pre-settled status?

If you already have settled or pre-settled status, you are ready for the UK leaving the EU. This means that you can continue to work, live and study in the UK beyond 30 June 2021.

What do I need to do?

If you haven’t already been granted settled or pre-settled status, you need to apply to the EU settlement scheme.

The online application process is straightforward for most people and there is currently no fee. You’ll need proof of your identity and residence when you make your application.

The deadline for those living in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 to apply is 30 June 2021.

Who needs to apply?

An application must be made for every member of the family, as children and babies will need to secure an immigration status as well as adults.

The scheme also applies to non-EU close family members currently living in the UK. It may apply to close family members living abroad too, enabling those persons to join up with their EU/EEA/Swiss family member in the UK.

Even if you have lived in the UK for many years, or have a UK permanent residence document you still need to apply to the scheme.

Need a helping hand?

For more details visit the gov.uk website and for help or support with your application contact Citizens Advice Southampton by email on euss@sotoncab.org.uk or telephone 0800 246 5339.

 


Re-opening venues 2 December

Gallery and SeaCity Venue

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be safely reopening SeaCity Museum and Southampton City Art Gallery on Wednesday 2 December.

To keep everyone safe in our venues and to make sure we're COVID-19 secure, we'll still have in place one-way routes, increased cleaning measures and reduced visitor numbers to maintain social distancing and public safety.

We are in Tier 2: High Alert, so please note that you can only book per household, up to six people as per Government guidelines. People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.

Pre-book tickets to one of our venues below:

 

What's on? 

At SeaCity Museum, all three exhibitions will be open to visitors - Southampton’s Titanic StoryGateway to the world and Southampton Stories.

At Southampton City Art Gallery you can enjoy - Nahem Shoa: Face of Britain and Shadows and Light which is part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme. Also, we are delighted to announce that there will now be a physical version of the Calm in the Collection exhibition on display in the gallery next week.

So come and join us - we can't wait to see you again soon!


Tudor House Christmas Experience Online

Christmas at Tudor House

Sat 12 Dec / 3pm-4pm / Family tickets £7.50

Sadly, our beloved Tudor House and Garden Museum won't be open in time for Christmas, but you can join the Tudor House elves, Kate and Andy, for an hour of festive fun live from the house online.

The hour will be full of games, stories, creative family sessions, some fun history facts and more. Experience the Tudor House Christmas magic online - Book a family ticket here.


Christmas family workshops

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We also have some festive online and socially distanced family art workshops to look forward to below:

Sun 13 Dec / 4pm / Sketch with Santa! Online / £10 

As meeting Santa may prove tricky this year, we have an online visit from him at the gallery instead at Sketch with Santa. Book here

Sat 5 Dec / 1pm - 2:30pm / Send the Best Christmas Cards Ever! Family Workshop / Southampton City Art Gallery / £6

Experiment with a wide range of materials to Send the Best Christmas Cards Ever Suitable for families with children aged 4 to 14.  Book here

Sat 19 Dec / 1pm - 2:30pm / Wintry Wire Decorations! Family Workshop / Southampton City Art Gallery / £6 

Make your very own Wintry Wire Decorations to add the finishing touch to your tree - as satisfying for grownups as for children aged 7 plus.  Book here

Mon 21 Dec / 10am - 11am / Christmas Eve Santa Plates / Southampton City Art Gallery / £7

Welcome Santa with a festive snack plate designed and decorated by you! Take a decorated plate home, bake it in the oven (to set your design), and use it year after year. Don’t worry, we’ve not forgotten Rudolf, we’ll make a gift for him too! Book here

We want to make your visit is as enjoyable and safe as possible. Due to COVID-19 restrictions anyone attending a workshop will need a ticket. Each booking will be seated at the same table; if you are booking for two households please make two separate purchases. Please ensure all adults book a free accompanying adult ticket. All adults and children aged 11 and over will need to wear a face covering. If workshops need to be cancelled due to local COVID-19 restrictions a full refund will be immediately issued.


#MyGivingThanks campaign launched

Yesterday #MyGivingThanks, a new campaign to create digital memories that bring the people of Southampton together in a shared celebration of our city and our communities was launched by the Mayflower 400 team. During this difficult time, it’s more important than ever to celebrate and share the important things that make a difference to our lives every day, however small.

You can get involved by sharing what you are thankful for online. Post a photo, video, poem, story on social media and share using the hashtag #MyGivingThanks. The campaign will be running until the 14th February so there is plenty of time to get involved and share what you are thankful for.

Here's a short film to help to inspire you and get you started - Watch here.

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You can find out more about #MyGivingThanks on the Mayflower400 website and their TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


Cultural Services Advent

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This December, Cultural Services will be running an advent on Facebook each day from 1 December until 24 December. Festive posts will appear on different Cultural Services social media pages each day. Look out for Christmassy contributions from Southampton Archives, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton Stories, the Local Studies and Maritime Library and Tudor House and Garden.

Visit Southampton City Libraries Facebook page on 1 December to discover the significance of the above image from Southampton Archives, and to find out where to go for day two of this joyful advent.


Online exhibition talks and tours

Online Exhibition Tour: Nahem Shoa: Face of Britain / Thurs 10 Dec / 7pm / From £4.40 

Join artist and curator Nahem Shoa, for a virtual tour of the amazing Face of Britain exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery, exploring the themes of the show and works on display. Book here

Online Curator Talk: Stephen Foster: Shadows and Light / Thurs 17 Dec / 7pm / From £4.40 

Join Emeritus professor, Stephen Foster, MBE to explore the Shadows and Lighexhibition which forms part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme, marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower on its now famous journey to the New World. Book here

Sir Edward Coley Burne Jones: Finding Perseus / Tues 1 Dec / 7pm – 8.30pm /  From £4.40  

An exploration of the life and times of Burne-Jones and his fascination with the myth of Perseus. Book here 

The End of Baroque: A Flowery Death on the Rocks of Rococo / Tues 15 Dec / 7pm – 8.30pm /  From £4.40 

Artist and Art historian guides us through the Rococco, often referred to as the high Baroque movement. Book here 


Kids online art class

Explore the weird and wonderful world of art with artist Ali Eales! Packed with drawing challenges, games and projects, this fun and accessible online course spans Greek myths and contemporary art, with plenty in between! Sessions aimed at 7 - 11 year olds. 

  • Wed 2 Dec / 4.30pm / Cubism for Kids: The Fantastic Fractured World of Picasso and Braque / £7.50 - Book here
  • Wed 9 Dec / 4.30pm / Christmas Cartoons and Cards / £7.50 - Book here

Have your say - UK City of Culture 2025

City of Culture CoC bid

Bidding to become UK City of Culture 2025 is a huge opportunity for Southampton and the competition, which is run every four years, brings great cultural, artistic, social and economic benefits to the winning city. Listening to the residents of Southampton is at the heart of the bid and The UK City of Culture programme will be shaped having  identified the needs of the local community. By completing a short online survey, you can express your ideas and have a say in shaping the future of our city.  Have your voice heard and help Southampton win the bid.

To find out more about the bid visit www.southampton2025.co.uk or keep up to date with the latest news on FacebookTwitter or Instagram @soutampton2025


Have your say - Museum or gallery visit

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We'd love to hear back about your recent visit to SeaCity Museum or Southampton City Art Gallery to help us improve our offer. Please click on one of the venues below to complete a short feedback survey about your visit. 

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SeaCity Museum Survey 

Also if you visited Wampum: Stories from the shells of Native America exhibition at SeaCity Museum recently, please share your thoughts on this survey. It should take approximately three minutes to complete. 

Thank you in advance for your time and thoughts to help us improve our service.

Advent Trail:

City Life Church, together with other friends and neighbours in the wider Shirley area have organised an Advent Trail. Each day leading up to Christmas a new part of the Christmas story will appear in a window on the trail. By 25th Dec there will be 25 window displays ending with Jesus’s birthday! They will remain until 31 Dec for local families to enjoy. There’s a map of the complete trail (see below) and every window has a sign saying where the next window will be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Coding Activity for Kids!