Southampton is a major port and the closest city to the New Forest. It lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the Rivers Test and Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area.  Southampton is noted for its association with the RMS Titanic, the Spitfire and more generally in the World War II narrative as one of the departure points for D-Day, and more recently as the home port of a number of the largest cruise ships in the world.

Southampton was hosted in 1996 by Howard Steer and his GP wife Janet at the General Hospital where a variety of papers – several reporting original research – were presented on malignancy, immunology and genetics as well as on gastro-intestinal (Helicobacter especially) and endocrine disease. 55 members and wives attended, and enjoyed visits to Wellow (Florence Nightingale’s place of burial) and Wilton House, Mottisfont and the ruins of Beaulieu Abbey, next to Lord Montagu’s museum celebrating the motor-car.


Images above show Southampton’s Ocean liner terminal (Left) and Castle entrance (Right)