Our work to receive a generous grant from HCC

We are very pleased that Hampshire County Council has awarded a substantial grant of up to £200,000 to go towards the completion of our publications on the city of Winchester.

This grant will support our team to finish writing up and preparing the results of our decade-long programme of archaeological excavation in Winchester, for publication in the acclaimed Winchester Studies volumes.

So far, we have nine published volumes, with eight to go (two currently with our publishers). These volumes document the development of the city of Winchester from Roman times through to post-medieval, drawing on archaeological, historical, literary, architectural, and artistic evidence. More information on our volumes can be found here.

Courtesy of the Hampshire Chronicle

 

 

Archaeopress Alert – 35% discount on all titles, including Winchester Studies

We’re very pleased to update that WS 3.ii The Roman Cemetery at Lankhills, first published in 1979, is now available online with Archaeopress, to download free of charge, or purchase as print-on-demand. We are working with Archaeopress to make the full backlist of Winchester Studies volumes available in this way.

In addition to this, Archaeopress are offering a 35% discount across all their titles as part of their Black Friday promotion. Be sure to take advantage of this exciting discount by the end-of-day Sunday 5 December.

With Christmas approaching, this is a great opportunity to purchase books for friends and family interested in archaeology of all periods and geographic locations. Browse by subject or series via Archaeopress’ website.

If you’d like to purchase a print-on-demand copy of the Lankhills volume, then please remember to make use of the 35% discount.

Please use the code BLACKFRIDAY.

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Hyde 900’s King Alfred Weekend 22–24 October 2021

Hyde900’s annual King Alfred Weekend, held close to the anniversary of King Alfred’s death on October 26 899 AD, brings together events and activities which celebrate the rich and varied story of Hyde Abbey, where King Alfred was buried in 1110.

The weekend will start with a lecture by Professor Martin Biddle, 'Eureka Moments', charting his most memorable moments during his many years of archaeology. See https://www.winchesterstudies.org.uk/eureka-moments-talk-by-professor-martin-biddle/

Venue: St Bartholomew’s Church, King Alfred Place, Hyde, SO23 7DN

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Professor Martin Biddle

‘Eureka Moments’ – Talk by Professor Martin Biddle

Talk by Professor Martin Biddle

Martin will be delivering a talk, ‘Eureka Moments’, charting his most memorable moments during his many years in archaeology. This will be part of the Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend 2021, taking place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 October.

Martin’s talk will be given at 6:15pm on Friday 22 October at St Bartholomew’s Church, Winchester, following the launch at 6:00pm. Tickets can be purchased from Hyde900's website. For further details, see: https://www.hyde900.org.uk.

Martin and Birthe
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Central Winchester Regeneration Archaeology Day – 6 October 2021

Winchester City Council will be hosting an Archaeology Day on the Central Winchester Regeneration (CWR) site, on Wednesday 6 October. This is a great opportunity to join in on a site visit led by Keith Wilkinson and ask questions of the panel of experts gathered to discuss the archaeology report and recommendations produced by CWR. The panel will be chaired by our director, Martin.

10am–Midday: join in on this informal drop in session on site with Keith Wilkinson for your chance to hear about some of the work that’s been undertaken so far. Location: Winchester Bus Station, behind the site of the old Friarsgate Medical Centre.

2–4pm: join in online (via MS Teams) for a presentation highlighting some of the findings so far and a Q&A session with the CWR Archaeology Advisory Panel.  If you would like to join the session, please email CWRegen@winchester.gov.uk who will send you the link and instructions on how to join the meeting. If you have a question you would like to ask, please include this in your email.

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Historic Winchester Map available to purchase from Francis Frith

Historic Winchester map framed and available now!

Our historic map of Winchester has been beautifully framed by Francis Frith, the UK’s leading publisher of local photographs and maps. Handmade in their Wiltshire workshop, Francis Friths’ innovative framing allows for the first time seamless access to both sides of the Winchester map, whilst retaining a stylish finish.

The original version of the Winchester Map was published in collaboration with the Historic Towns Trust, with a revised edition made available in 2016: https://www.winchesterstudies.org.uk/publications/the-winchester-excavations-committee-and-the-british-historic-towns-atlas-an-historical-map-of-winchester-from-medieval-times-to-1800/.

The map (as supplied to Francis Frith now as a flat sheet) details Winchester’s remarkable history, from its time as the royal and ecclesiastical centre in Anglo-Saxon England, to the city known by Jane Austen. Featuring the historic map on the facing side, and a gazetteer of Winchester’s most important buildings and sites on the reverse, it’s a fantastic guide to this ancient city.

We are thrilled that our collaboration with Francis Frith has produced such a unique product, the purchase of which will provide the focus for many interesting observations on Winchester’s past.

For further information, and to purchase please visit https://www.francisfrith.com/winchester/maps 

*You'll find our map toward the bottom of the first page.

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Your historic Winchester calendar for 2022

George Shepherd’s Winchester with views of Andover, Basingstoke & Christchurch: A Calendar for 2022 

Bill Hoade has compiled a selection of George Shepherd watercolours featuring scenes from Winchester, Andover, Basingstoke, and Christchurch to form a beautiful calendar for 2022.

Some of George Shepherd's watercolours were first published in our Atlas volume, WS 11. These images are the copyright of Winchester College, who kindly provided them for this use.

Designed by Tim Underwood, compiled by Bill Hoade of Hoade-ink, and printed by Dr Tony Hill at the Sarsen Press, Winchester, you can purchase a calendar for 2022, for £15.00, here: https://www.winchesterstudies.org.uk/product/shepherd-calendar-2022/ 

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‘Finding Crusoe’ – Online Talk, 13 September!

Steve Old, Chair of WARG, will be discussing the story of the Hampshire born but Bristol based adventurer who was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s famous novel Robinson Crusoe.
This talk is both informative and fun so please join Steve on Monday 13th September.  The talk will take place via Zoom and the waiting room will open at 19.15 with the talk starting at 19.30.  The plan is to record the talk for replaying on YouTube later for those that cannot make the Zoom call.
For the Zoom joining details please email: 
membership@warg.org.uk & chair@warg.org.uk

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