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About the project

Generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund our My Story project has taken place over the last 12 months, documenting our theatre’s history and the personal stories of the local community. Our project has culminated in a new interactive digital archive, our My Story film and a collection of recorded stories.

During our project, we have worked with a group of young people who have conducted and filmed interviews with members of the local Southampton Community. With support and training from local media organisation City Eye, our team of young people have conducted a mixture of formal interviews and vox pops with a wide range of people, as well as recording their own personal stories of the theatre.

We have also welcomed teams of volunteers into our theatre to work with our archive materials and organise and digitise a sample of items from our theatre archive. We are delighted to be able to share this work with you via our new digital archive which currently includes a range of leaflets, programmes and people’s individual stories.

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Funding raised by The National Lottery

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Extract from Mrs Heard's Diary sent to the My Story project

Ms Dorothy Heard, now living in Australia, contacted us and we have received diary entries from her late husband Dennis Heard who started working at the Empire in 1942 aged 14 years old. Dorothy was an usherette at the Empire where they met and were married for 65 years. The diary entries include accounts of ‘secret’ war time D Day briefings for troops and blackouts. Dorothy has kindly sent copies of two photos of her husband, herself and colleagues on the roof which was "set out as the bridge of a ship with a wheel house complete with steering wheel and around the railings life buoys from all the pre-war liners".

Images from Mrs Dorothy Heard

"I will always remember where I was on Decimal Day, 15th February 1971.  I was up in the "Gods" at the Gaumont with some friends.  We had a great evening seeing Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. At the interval we all bought the usual ice creams and I believe it was the first time I had purchased anything with the new decimal coins. A great show & a night I will always remember for more than one reason." – Brain Smith

"I am Chloe and I am 9 years old. And when I was a bit younger I came here to watch Peppa Pig, and it was really good. It made me want to come to Mayflower Theatre again and again and again." - Chloe

Did you know we are an independent, not for profit charity receiving no public subsidy or grants to support our running expenses? Please consider a donation to our auditorium appeal. Your help is essential in securing our future.

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