bargate history

The 800-year-old monument stands at the heart of Southampton’s city centre. The Bargate was originally built as the main gateway to the medieval city and has held a number of important positions throughout its history. These include being the city’s guildhall (until the 1770s) and the police headquarters during WW2.

Southampton’s most historic monument re-opened to the public in 2006. Funded by the South East England Development Agency and with the support of Southampton City Council, the Bargate was refurbished and given a new lease of life as the Bargate Monument Gallery.

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Standing by water: julian rowe & sally staples

bargate exhibition - ArtVaults in Context

As well as the history of Southampton’s medieval vaults, the exhibition explores the concept of ArtVaults and charts the project’s development from its roots, begun in 2004 by a group of enthusiastic artists, to the major cultural event it is today.

12 July – 21 September

Wednesday to Sunday 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Free entry

The ‘ArtVaults in Context’ exhibition will be held at the Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton


Please Note: Due to the historic nature of the locations, access for the mobility impaired is limited.

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