SeaCity Museum is the latest important step in the development of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter and illustrates the wide-ranging impacts that cultural investment can bring.
The Museum’s opening on 10 April 2012, the centenary of Titanic leaving Southampton, attracted worldwide media attention. In its first year it welcomed around 150,000 visitors, exceeding all projections.
The transformation of the Grade II listed Old Magistrates’ Court building and stunning iconic new extension into an innovative, state-of-the-art major museum was shortlisted for the prestigious Institute of Structural Engineers’ 2012 Awards for Arts or Entertainments Structures, and received a coveted Civic Trust Award.
Far-reaching educational programmes are engaging all sectors of the community, in learning more about their city as a Gateway to the World, as well as Southampton’s Titanic story.
It is a focus for Sotonians’ pride in their city and a catalyst for ongoing positive profile-raising, both within the city and further afield.
Support and funding
The Heritage Lottery Fund contributed £5m to the creation of the Museum. Both DCMS/Wolfson Fund and Garfield Weston Foundation each awarded £200,000 to the project.
The Trust continues to apply to trusts and foundations for support for the capital project and programmes.