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.
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.
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.
Exhibition at University of Winchester exploring the contribution of female theologians and eco-feminists to environmental and ecological movements from around the world.
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 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.
Join us for a guided tour through the Cosmic Walk, a garden space dedicated to the unfolding story of the cosmos and our relationship with the divine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.