The Westgate Museum, High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AP
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.
Make your own brass rubbing from a replica of either of two original brasses on display in the Westgate Museum to take away as a souvenir of your visit. You will be given an information sheet which will tell you all about the brass you have rubbed, and translate any inscription. One free brass rubbing per person.
The Westgate, a scheduled monument, is now a museum, a branch of Winchester Museums Service. It was built to be one of the defensible gateways in Winchester’s city walls the line of which was first established when the Romans founded the town of Venta Belgarum around AD 70. The line of the walls remained substantially unaltered throughout later times and, though the Westgate’s present structure is medieval and dates mainly from the 12th to the 14th centuries, it is thought to stand on the site of the earlier Roman west gate. Towards the end of medieval times the city’s walls and gateways became obsolete and dilapidated. The east, north and south gates succumbed to demolition and other uses were found for the Westgate.
● Sunday 16 September: 1200-1600
No booking required.
Access to the gate chamber where the activity takes place is only via narrow stone steps.
The Westgate is at the top of the High Street not far from the Great Hall and Round Table.