Historic Southampton landmark could become a pub or bar
April 12, 2011 by Gareth
The historic Wool House building that currently houses Southampton’s Maritime Museum has been recently put up for lease by the City Council.
The Wool House was built in 1415 and is the last remaining section of a collection of buildings that originally stored wool. The building was converted into the Maritime Museum in the 1960s and is now home to part of the Titanic museum collection, featuring Titanic posters, postcards and catalogues from the ship’s one and only voyage.
However, in recent years the council has seen visitor numbers drop dramatically and the building last year cost the council half a million pounds in losses. Therefore, it has been opened up for commercial lease with a minimum term contract of 20 years. This decision could see the building being converted into a pub, restaurant, bar, gallery or exhibition space. This has raised concerns with some members of Southampton society who believe the building should be preserved as it is for posterity. However, the council need the building to function as an income generator, especially in light of recent government costs.
Southampton City Council has expressed a preference that the Wool House is kept in the public domain and that public access is continued to be granted. Whichever business takes over the Wool House, they could help boost their chances of not falling foul to the same fate as the Maritime Museum by considering different kinds of promotions for their business ventures. For example, a bar or restaurant could advertise using flyer printing. Southampton residents are open to change but the new proprietors of the wool house will need to work hard to reassure them that any new occupancy is for the best, and a strong clear message conveyed using flyer printing could help Southampton residents to understand reasons for a new venture.