Did you know that for hundreds of thousands of years, Southampton has stood as one of the key gateways to the rest of the world?
Its unique positioning means that for over 200,000 years, the city has been a centre for activity: a landing spot and a point for departure, welcoming countless people from all over the world. Many of these people were traders who chose to settle here, while others were seeking refuge or simply passing through as they fought wars and fled persecution.
What were these people doing? Where did they come from? What vibrant new ways of living did they bring with them?
Gateway to the World explores precisely this. As you wander through the gallery and exhibition, you will encounter tales of the travellers from every corner of the globe who came to Southampton and the impact that they had. From Roman traders to Saxon settlers, Victorian industrialists to Huguenot Protestants, the city has seen countless comings and goings and boasts a rich tapestry of historic and cultural stories.
Explore ancient and artefacts and take part in interactive activities as you witness a glimpse of life through the ages here in Southampton.