The Diaper Heritage Association was formed in 2005 to further the study of local history, particularly the heritage of the Diaper family of Itchen Ferry a family almost exclusively associated with Southampton and whose story is intricately linked with the maritime history of the town.
Through a series of events and an exhibition the Association have illustrated how the genealogical study of one family can shed light onto a hither to unknown and unrepresented aspect of Southampton’s history.
The Diapers are a family almost exclusively associated with Southampton, some historians suggest that their arrival in the town coincided with the Norman invasion of 1066, and indeed one of the earliest recorded Diapers was William d’Ipra whose seal was recorded in 1140-1.
The Association has produced a book containing written extracts from the interviews plus many never before seen photographs. The book is called "We Only Wore Shoes on a Sunday” and runs to over 100 pages. It is in colour, A4 in size and also includes a disk of the film originally produced for the ‘Fisherman, Ferryman’ exhibition which has around 15 minutes of original film and pictures, songs and interviews. There are sections on village life, schooling, maritime experiences, work, and the effects of the war. Read more.