This specially curated exhibition tells the long history of the University of Winchester's, its foundation & development into a leading values-driven university. Visit & discover how the institution has been woven into Winchester's history.
Throughout the festival period you will be able to take a look inside our big safe. And on Friday, you can join us for a special talk and discover the fascinating history behind one of Winchester's longest established businesses.
WARG, the society for Winchester archaeology and local history, will be in the Brethen's Hall showcasing previous digs, interactive displays and activities. WARG volunteers will also be available to talk about Brethen's Hall.
History and hospitality in a serene and picturesque setting by the water meadows. The Hospital of St Cross is a beautiful group of Grade I Listed Buildings dating from 1132, and is home to 25 Brothers.
Built by the monks of Hyde Abbey in the 12th century, parts of the original church still exist, including the Norman doorway. On the Friday evening, General Sir Antony Walker will be leading a talk titled 'What did you do in the War, Mummy?'
An brand new exhibition celebrating the many inspirational women, past & present, from Winchester & the wider Hampshire area. You can read the fascinating stories of these influential female figures & suggest your own additions to the list.
Old Hyde House (ADAM Architecture) on Hyde Street was built on part of the original Hyde Abbey Precinct, established in the northern suburb of the city in the twelfth century. Visitors will have a guided tour & hear about the buildings rich history.
Come and explore our beautiful 13th century church above a gateway, dedicated to one of our best loved Saxon saints. According to legend, should it rain on St Swithun’s Day, it will rain for 40 days. On Saturday 15th there will be poetry readings.
Have you visited Winchester's 'gem' on the ancient Pilgrims' Way? Heritage Open Days is a wonderful time to visit as we will have guides available on Saturday to answer questions and to help you discover the beauty of this 12th century church.
Explore the timeline of Winchester Castle and admire its medieval hall. Meet heroes and villains of its past, from Kings and Queens to judges and executioners and join in the family fun with dressing up and children’s activities.
St Lawrence Church stands on the site of the chapel of William the Conqueror’s Palace and is the only surviving church of Norman foundation within the City walls. Join us for a Green Fayre on Saturday and a poetry event on Sunday.
Discover the history of Hyde Abbey through a display of finds from the dig including encaustic tiles. And why not have a go yourself at making a floor tile in the medieval manner? But be prepared to get your hands dirty!
Early photographs of Winchester from the Trust archives are displayed alongside current photographs, illustrations & watercolours of the same views. Discover how much has changed & what is still familiar. A selection of illustrations will be on sale.
Join us for a tour to explore the history of the University of Winchester and its buildings on site, with a special focus on sustainability. The tour will look at some RIBA, Civic Trust and Winchester City Trust award winning buildings.
A guided tour of some of the city’s collections of paintings & furnishings rarely on display to the public. Originally built as a private house around 1700, Abbey House is now the official residence of the Mayor.
Join us on a fascinating tour of the medieval heart of Winchester College, believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country and considered to have one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Southern England.
Explore the timeline of Winchester's ancient Castle & join one of our enthusiastic guides for special tours of the site including The Great Hall & Former Grand Jury Room. Find out more with special access to Serle’s House & The Council Chamber.
Book a guided tour of a 'roofed' ruin of one of the earliest Greek revival houses in Europe. These fascinating and free tours are being run specially for Heritage Open Days by English Heritage Properties Curators, Roy Porter and Samantha Stones.
Begin this year's Heritage Open Days with a treat, and come and visit this heritage gem in Hampshire for free for one day only. A rare opportunity also to see artefacts not usually on display.
Make sure you visit us to discover our 1000 year history and have a view of where Queen Emma, twice queen of England, had her Winchester residency. As well as our detailed history packs, visitors will be able to play medieval board games.
Join social historian, Emma Muscat, for a suffrage inspired afternoon tea accompanied by a talk about Lady Laura Ridding (1849-1939), wife of the College's 43rd Headmaster. Lady Ridding was a suffragist, writer and social reformer.
The Winchester College Treasury houses the outstanding collections of art and archaeology belonging to the school. The converted medieval Warden’s Stables contain four galleries filled with objects from around the world.
Discover the stories behind some of hidden treasures at Jane Austen’s House Museum. See some of these items close up, find out what they can tell us about Jane's life & writing, & learn more about what we are doing to conserve her treasures.
Within the precincts of Winchester College is the beautiful and peaceful War Cloister, a memorial to former pupils who died in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts. Listen to their stories and the story of the creation of this wonderful memorial.
This hour-long tour allows a rare opportunity to view two medieval rooms which house the school’s archives. Documents and artefacts relating to the school’s history, including the Foundation Charters and Founder’s Statutes, will be on display.
Join Charles O’Brien & John Crook, authors of Hampshire Pevsner Guides, for an engaging talk about the county’s architectural history whilst sharing anecdotes from their own journeys along the way.
A great opportunity to listen to Asian Art expert James Hammond inside knowledge of the Asian art market. And don't forget to bring your own antiques and collectables for appraisal by Andrew Smith and Son's specialist team of valuers.
Guided walking tour by local architect George Saumarez Smith, looking at the buildings that surround Winchester Cathedral's Inner Close. The walk will explore how this area has evolved since Medieval times, with a focus on the 12 canons’ houses.
This is an extraordinary opportunity - Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster of Winchester College is hosting a talk on Shakespeare's First Folio, part of the talk with include the first ever public viewing of the College's Folio.
Get your taste buds ready for a talk and tutored apple juice and cider tasting with the award-winning author of World’s Best Cider (Fortnum and Mason Drinks Book of the Year) and The Apple Orchard (BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week). (Age 18+ only).
A unique chance to peek behind-the-scenes and meet the experts who curate and conserve the museum collections cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust. Visitors will be able to see a wide variety of fascinating museum collections during their tour.
Built in 1880, extended in 1927 & restored in 2015 by Design Engine Architects, the University’s Victorian gothic revival Chapel is a jewel at the heart of the campus; a place for prayer & quiet contemplation, and a place to be moved & inspired.
Book a visit to Winchester's very own bindery & enjoy a short talk by one of the binders giving a brief history of the bindery and the nature of the work undertaken. The visitors will be given an opportunity to see some of the books & ask questions.
Take a step back in time as you experience a narrated display of traditional ‘Lovers Knot’ Wedding ring being made by one of our experienced Goldsmiths. Join us afterwards for a talk on diamonds, their history and their beauty.
West Hill Cemetery opened in 1840 & for 75 years was Winchester's main burial grounds. Our tour will reveal its fascinating history & some of the notable people buried there, including two holders of the Victoria Cross, authors, sportsmen and mayors.
Your tour begins inside our unique & historic Medieval restaurant. Hosted by one of Winchester's professional tourist guides, this is a fascinating journey through the history of Chesil Street & beyond including St John's Church.
This 45 minute tour includes part of the Warden’s Lodgings, home to the school’s historic library. There will be an exhibition of medieval manuscripts and an opportunity to see the study of John Harmar, one of the translators of the King James Bible.
Travel back in time, and listen to this pop-up performance of the Courtlye Musick group playing Tudor love songs and celebratory music on replica period instruments including shawms, cornetts, sackbuts and crumhorns.
The Quiristers are part of the original foundation of Winchester College and have been singing here since the 14th century. This is a wonderful opportunity to watch and hear them rehearse in the beautiful surroundings of the College Chapel.
We are delighted that as well as English Heritage tours on the Thursday, this year The Grange Festival & The Grange Estate are hosting a special open day on the Friday, with information about the history of the house and the annual opera festival.
WW1 made profound and permanent changes to the role and employment of women throughout society. This fascinating talk outlines those changes and the lasting effects they had and which are with us to this day.
The Great Hall is the unique setting for Sir Walter’s Women, an original drama from 2TimeTheatre, looking at the life of Sir Walter Raleigh, & two extraordinary women who shared his love & encouraged his greatest adventures; his wife Bess & the Queen.
For 2 days only come and hear Kevin Collick promoting the Heritage Open Days. Kev's been selling The Big Issue for nearly 7 years here, but for a few days he is also going to be Winchester's Town Crier. Feeling brave? Give it a go yourself!
Hear a brief history of knitting & its rise in recent times – why has it become so popular, how is it reaching such a wide audience & what has changed in the 21st century? Then, create your own knitted jewellery from recycled yarns.
There are six military museums located in Peninsula Barracks, Winchester. There will be free admission to all these museums on Saturday 15 September and Sunday 16 September as part of Heritage Open Days.
See how this fully restored working watermill, the oldest working mill in the UK, produces stone ground wholemeal flour using the power of the River Itchen. There will also be additional events including storytelling & music for all the family.
One for all motor enthusiasts! Winchester MG Owner's Club are hosting a display of MGs and other classic and sports cars spanning decades that will rekindle fond memories for those of a certain age. Come along and have a chat with the drivers.
History displays, building tours, & free badminton on offer all day! Come & visit our much-loved community venue, celebrate the 70th anniversary of our local swimming club (which was “born” at the Lido in 1948), & take part in “sporting memories”.
A wonderful opportunity to roam freely around our beautiful 18th century house and grounds, as well as enjoy an art exhibition, short film, cream teas, garden activities, and much more!
Part of our Extraordinary Women series - a talk by author Jane Robinson telling the hidden history of ‘votes for women’ in Hampshire and beyond.
Discover the fascinating history of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and take a tour around the beautiful Barter Memorial Chapel.
Wessex Film & Sound Archive will be showcasing its new ‘Archive Film for Reminiscence project’ – pop down to the Mobile Cinema Tent in the Record Office garden between 11-3pm to glimpse some of the gems that have made the cut. No booking necessary
A short guided tour around Hampshire Record Office, including a visit to conservation and other areas not normally open to the public. And as part of Extraordinary Women there will also be a small exhibition about Hampshire women.
Wander into the inner close of our Cathedral and take a huge step back into history with Regia Anglorum. Gain insight into what the clothing, crafts and look of the peoples who inhabited Winchester over 1000 years ago.
A rare opportunity to see one of the few surviving objects owned by Jane herself. Louise West, local expert on Jane and former Curator of the Jane Austen Museum, will be talking about this unique article of clothing from the Regency period.
The clank of medieval armour and the sound of clashing blades will once again ring out around the Westgate and Castle Precinct as knights of the High Middle Ages demonstrate the art of medieval combat.
Come & explore behind the scenes of 'The Watercress Line' at our Ropley engineering hub, and discover what is involved in renovating and maintaining a steam locomotive.
Traditional stories told in a traditional way – the entertainment that everyone, and not just children, looked forward to most of all – something you can talk about afterwards – something you can share and pass on to others.
This interactive workshop, for children aged 12-16 years, will explore, using documents and evidence from the Middle Ages, what it meant to be a Medieval queen, what their role was, what their lives were like and what others expected of them.
Explore Winchester through the lens of the Battle of Winchester, 1141, & two extraordinary women who were a part of it - Empress Matilda & Queen Matilda. Fighting on different sides, they were both an important part of the battle for the Kingdom.
Part of our Extraordinary Women series - International photographer, Kate Holt will share her first-hand experience of living and working in a war zone & the additional challenge of being a woman in a man's world.
The Railway will be open all day – drop in for some entertainment and refreshment! It is a buzzing environment that provides a platform for local up-and-coming artists, alongside more established touring acts.
Part of our Extraordinary Women series: Emma Clery, Professor of English Literature will share the story of Charlotte Smith - a celebrated poet, novelist, and children’s writer who wrote powerfully about injustices facing women.
In addition to the King Alfred Vintage Bus Twilight Running Day, the Friends of King Alfred Buses are also hosting this year a display of vintage buses/coaches during the afternoon at the Cattle Market car park, Worthy Lane.
The award winning Blue Apple Theatre company bring to life some of the local voices you will not have heard before – some historically accurate & some imagined. These fragments will lift the lid on parts of the city you may not have known of before.
This brilliant workshop, for children aged 7-11, will answer this question and more. Not only will you learn about the queen’s role and expectations of medieval queens , but you will find out what their lives were really like.
The Future Of Funerals: Lucy Coleman-Talbot in conversation with modern funeral director Tora Colwil
Lucy & Tora will be discussing the funeral industry throughout the ages, from the lavish ceremonies of the Victorian era to the creative memorials of the present day. They'll also be discussing mortality and exploring "doing death right".
Join the keeper of the school’s science archive on the specially arranged viewing of a fascinating and wide range of teaching apparatus & natural history specimens, from 18th century microscopes to our present day Periodic Table installation.
Join local architect Huw Thomas on his Peninsula Barracks' tour & discover the history behind this 5acre site. Huw will regale you with tales of executions, ghosts, mass graves, bloody 13th century battles, & his very own battle to save the site.
See what happens underneath St Giles Hill! An opportunity for families with children (aged 7+) to go inside the disused Chesil railway tunnel for a light-hearted Winchester Tourist Guides tour including stories & perhaps some music making.
Professor Emma Rees will explore in her talk the road to 1918 Representation of the People Act & the consequences of the Act for the suffragette movement. She will also reveal surprising continuities between the struggles of the past & today's world.
Part of our Extraordinary Women series – Charlotte Yonge of Otterbourne was a well-known and successful author. This talk will look at her impact on education in the area, from Otterbourne village girls to Winchester young ladies.
In the never before told story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion, Dr Fern Riddell uses a forgotten autobiography to tell the story of the sensational life and explosive actions of one of our most important suffragettes.
Find out about the history, evolution & soaring success of English wines as Winchester City Museum host sparkling wine specialists Hattingley Valley. Following the talk there will be a tasting of Hattingley Valley’s award winning sparkling wines.
Part of our Extraordinary Women series - this talk by local historian Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful will explore how Mary Sumner’s activism was shaped by her geographical locations in her life and her network of influential kin and friends.
Part of our extraordinary women series - this talk will discuss the use of photography to document the diagnosis & treatment of stage IV cancer within a young family, particularly focusing on the ideas of authenticity, vulnerability & family legacy.
Join us as travel writer & photographer John Pilkington provides an exclusive talk on Roger Brown’s inspirational model of Victorian Winchester. It is a unique record of Winchester from 1870, when the population was less than a third of what is now.
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims by viewing a restored medieval hall dating from the first half of the 14th century. This is where pilgrims visiting the shrine of St Swithun of Winchester would have been offered hospitality.
Don’t miss the chance to learn about our culinary history & see this unique ‘eel house’, restored by the Alresford Society. Built in the 1820s to trap eels for the family at Arlebury Park House, it also supplied eels to London’s Billingsgate Market.
Dr Anderson-Faithful will be leading a women’s history walk around ancient Winchester. She will be pointing out sites of interest with reference to Josephine Butler, Mary Sumner, Laura Ridding, Charlotte Yonge and many more fascinating characters.
An exploration of Winchester's extraordinary women, featuring an immersive ensemble outdoor performance. Join us to piece together the voices of women who made this city, discover new insights & reflection on what it meant to be a woman then & today.
A rare opportunity to see inside this Grade II listed mansion, now owned by IBM. Visitors will be able to explore this stunning house & IBM's unique museum. Guides will be available to answer questions & to reveal the fascinating history of Hursley.
Love history? Then you will love this living history event with Tillier’s Regiment of the Sealed Knot - experience the camp & watch the drill displays (11am & 2pm) of a military unit of the English Civil Wars of the 1640s. You can even join in!
Step inside The Westgate, a scheduled monument in the centre of Winchester, the ancient capital of England and make your own brass rubbing from a replica of an original brass on display. One free brass rubbing per person.
Join Winchester College’s Head of Classics, Dr Sarah Harden, to hear more about the history of the many ancient artefacts in The Treasury and how they reveal connections between different parts of the ancient world.
Part of our Extraordinary Women series: Gabby Storey's talk reconstructs the life of one of our unknown queens - Joanna (1165-1199), queen of Sicily. Gabby's talk will also explore the challenges in uncovering the lives of noble & royal women.
Inside the beautiful ancient Church of St.Michael's local crafters will be demonstrating their skills and talents, and there will also be opportunities for you to have a go yourself. Outside you will find all the fun of a village fete.
Part of our Extraordinary Women series - In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.
Join us at Winchester College as The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester, talks to Dame Jenni Murray, Journalist & Broadcaster, about her new book 'A History of the World in 21 Women'.
Part of our Extraordinary Women series - Dr Joanna Lewis, historian & descendent of Emma, asks was it great men or being a great woman that shaped Emma's life. She escaped poverty, married an aristocrat, & eventually became Lord Nelson's mistress.