It is often forgotten, but the roots of England lie here in Winchester, England's Royal City, before the Norman Conquest, when Winchester was the crucible of politics, culture and ideas.
Join Michael Wood and a panel of eminent Anglo-Saxon specialists from the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research as they discuss how the foundations of the English state were laid by three generations of the Wessex royal family, Alfred the Great, his son Edward and daughter Aethelflaed, and his grandson Athelstan, and how, without them, the history of Britain might have been radically different.
The event on Wednesday 12th September 2018, which focusses on the important role played by Anglo-Saxon women, is a fundraising event for the Winchester Heritage Open Days. It starts at 19.30 and comprises circa 45 minutes of discussion followed by a Q&A.
Books will be on sale in the foyer. Tickets cost £12.50 and are available from Winchester Discovery Centre in person, by calling 01962 873603 or online.
The panel members who will be joining forces with historian and broadcaster Michael Wood at the Winchester Discovery Centre for The Legacy of Alfred - The Anglo-Saxons and the Birth of England are the University of Winchester's Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Research members Dr Katherine Weikert, Professor Emeritus Barbara Yorke and Dr Ryan Lavelle