The Diaper Heritage Association
Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy - the Diapers of Itchen Ferry

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No 10 January/February 2007

A very Happy New Year to all Association members! In a few short weeks the exhibition 'Fisherman, Ferryman,Sailor, Spy' will come to an end and we did not want to let the occasion pass without some commemoration. Therefore on the final weekend of the exhibition on March 3 & 4 we are putting on some extra events and these are detailed in the attachments. The second event on the 4th of March is a mini conference/family event and a chance for people to get together. We have 100 places available so booking is essential. There is a small charge to cover the costs of the buffet lunch. Those travelling from afar may want to take advantage of the special Diaper rate at the Dolphin Hotel.

Future Events

Don't forget to book your place on the Southampton Cemetary Walk on 25 March or to come along to 'Rev Davies Historical Pageant' at Peartree on 22 April a leaflet will be sent out with the next newsletter. Our final talk at Tudor Merchant's Hall takes place on 28 February all about John Diaper and The Titanic, its likely to be popular in this 95th anniversary year so don't forget to book your place on 023 80 715105.

We would like to record our thanks to Gloria Tack who has acted as our events booking secretary and who is 'retiring' in April.

Family Tree Volume

Orders have now reached 60 and we have spoken to several more publishers and hope we have found one who can take on over a hundred and forty pages and 6,500 entries! We are still discovering new Diapers every day, so if you have information or photographs for the tree get them in ASAP as we shall be going to print shortly, contact Julie at tel 023 80 436062. To order your copy contact Angie Turtle 023 80 602195 price £30 which includes postage and packing.


There will be a major update of the website after the exhibition closes with a retrospective of the exhibition and copies of some of the presentations made at events. If you have any articles, research or memories you want to put up on the website please send to Cheryl at 121 Bernard St, Southampton or email to

Oral History

To take part contact Anna on 078 128 51095 or tel oral history free phone line 0800 0789 083


Day Programme of Free Events


FIisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy Exhibition

Southampton Maritime Museum

Town Quay



March 3rd 2007


Museum Open All Day 10am Til 4pm


10 AM The Diapers in Southampton, Guided Maritime Walk

starts from Holy Rood Church, High St, Southampton, arriving at the Maritime Museum at 11.15


10.30 AM Meet The Relatives

The Diaper Genealogy Project

duration 20 minutes

(members of the project team will be available thorough out the day to answer individual queries)


11 AM Old Wives Tale

Meet the women from Itchen Ferry Village

duration 15 minutes


12 Noon meet John Diaper, fireman from the Titanic

duration 15 minutes


1pm Lunch time talk - Disasters, Diseases & The Diapers

Local Historian, Mary South, tells some of the stories from the darker side of Ferry Life

duration 30 minutes


Lunch time Options: Why not visit The Duke of Wellington where John Diaper was Landlord in the late 19 th century, or the Endeavour named after Sir Thomas Sopwith's 'Americas' Cup challenger, both in Bugle Street, minutes from the museum


2PM Old Wives Tale

Meet the women from Itchen Ferry Village

duration 15 minutes


2.30PM Meet The Relatives

The Diaper Genealogy Project

duration 20 minutes


3PM meet Ned Brooks, cook aboard the yacht 'Mignonette' and witness in the trial of 'Dudley & Stephens' charged with the murder of the cabin boy Richard Parker duration 15 minutes.

Travel information

By Train – Southampton Railway station, take free bus to Town Quay

By Car – nearest Carparks: Friary at bottom of the High Street, Mayflower Park adjacent to Town Quay, West Quay Rd adjacent to the Swimming Baths.


Programme supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund and organised by the Diaper Heritage Association

Fisherman. Ferryman, Sailor, Spy - Diaper Family Event

4TH MARCH 2007




10AM Registration & Coffee


10.30 Welcome & Offical Opening

  • 15 FISHERMAN, FERRYMAN, SAILOR, SPY – Review of The Year

11.45 Question & Answer Session: The Future of the Diaper Heritage Association


12.15 Close of Formal Session


12.30 Buffet Lunch with tea & coffee & Chance to Visit The Diaper Heritage Association Stand

If you have documents or other items of interest, please bring these along and these can be recorded for the Diaper archive.


2pm Free Guided Walk from Holy Rood Church 'The Diapers in Southampton'

approximately one hour finishing at The Maritime Museum (Maritime Museum closes at 4pm)


Delegate fee £10 per person (Overseas delegates pre-register but can pay on arrival in UK)


Please complete the application form with details of your attendance


The Hotel has a car park at the rear and there is also a multi storey adjacent. Free bus operates from Southampton Central Railway station.


If you intend going on the walk please put numbers here, as we need to book guides..........


If you require overnight accommodation at the Dolphin Hotel at the special rate £75 per room B&B telephone 023 80 339955