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What’s On

September 2011 – March 2012

open your eyes...



Winchester Museums



Westgate W Museum

City W Museum W

if walls could talk...

the journey begins...


The Square – near Winchester Cathedral Postcode: SO23 9ES Tel: 01962 863 064

High Street – close to Great Hall Postcode: SO23 9AP Tel: 01962 869 864




Galleries tell the story of Winchester through 2000 years Mosaics from Roman Winchester Models of the Anglo-Saxon and medieval city Reconstructed 19th and 20th century shops Hands-on activities, quizzes and replica children’s historical costumes Gift shop


Opening Times

Apr–Oct Mon–Sat 10am–5pm Sun noon–5pm Nov–Mar Tue–Sat 10am–4pm Sun noon–4pm Free admission Lift to all floors

Fortified medieval gateway with roof top city views Ancient walls covered in prisoners’ graffiti Objects from Tudor and Stuart Winchester Unique collection of weights and measures Stunning Tudor ceiling Armour and a gibbet Brass rubbing, child-size armour and quizzes Gift shop

Opening Sept - Oct Times Oct

Sat 10am–5pm Sun noon–5pm Tue 25 – Fri 28 10am – 5pm Closed Nov - 10 Feb 11 Feb - Mar Sat 10am–4pm Sun noon–4pm Free admission Steep stone stairs with handrail



City W Space

Office & W Enquiries


open your eyes...

dig into your past...


Winchester Discovery Centre – Jewry Street Postcode: SO23 8SB Tel: 01962 873 610

Winchester Guildhall – In the Broadway Postcode: SO23 9GH Tel: 01962 840 222




A changing programme of exhibitions, ranging from displays drawn from the vast collections held by Winchester City Council’s museums service to installations by some of our talented local artists Art activity area during exhibitions

Opening Times

All year

Mon–Fri 10am–6pm Sat 10am–5pm Sun 11am–4pm Bank Holidays closed

Free admission Winchester Discovery Centre is family friendly, with lifts, toilets and baby changing facilities. There is disabled access.


Access to museum archives, collections and information including photographs Free finds identification service Education and outreach services

Access to staff and collections by appointment

Free Admission Access via the street level Guildhall Reception

A warm welcome from the team at Winchester Museums We hope you enjoy reading all about the City Museum, Westgate and City Space, and our exciting programme of events taking place during the next few months. Come along to the City Museum and Westgate and discover Winchester’s fascinating history from its prehistoric past to the present day. Find out the stories behind the museums’ collections of amazing objects. Our exciting displays are all about learning and having fun at the same time. Our City Space gallery in the Discovery Centre shows an exciting programme of

temporary exhibitions which are accompanied by activities and events for all ages. For more in-depth enquiries you are welcome to contact us. The museum team will do our very best to ensure that you have an enjoyable visit. We would love to know what

you think about your visit, and do hope that you will come back to visit us again.

The Museums Team

Map showing locations of Museums in Winchester

City Space

Westgate Winchester Museums Office

City Museum



Events September 2011 – March 2012 SEPTEMBER

Sat 24 – Sun 25 September

Until 2 January 2012

Westgate 10am – 5pm

Guildhall, first floor entrance

Tudors at the Westgate

Shoulder to Shoulder A small display of civic objects representing Winchester’s long and proud association with the British Armed Forces. Many of the items were given by military units in recognition of the city’s role as host. Guildhall opening hours only.

Sat 24 September 10am – 4.30pm

St Cross Michaelmas Fair Winchester Museums will be taking artefacts and activities out to this popular show. Come along and say hello.

Re-enactors bring Tudor history alive. What was it like to live in England during the reigns of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I? Bring a camera. Free family event.

Fri 9 September 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Museums Store Open Evening Winchester Museums invite members of the public to an evening opening of their collections facility F2 at Bar End Industrial Estate, 5.30 – 6.30pm. This is a free event but numbers are limited so we would ask that you pre-book with Winchester Tourist Information Centre on 01962 840 500.

Sat 10 September – Sun 2 October City Space

Winchester Art Club Annual Exhibition This annual exhibition offers the chance for local artists, both amateur and professional, to exhibit a range of work from paintings to sculpture, drawings to prints. Each Saturday during the exhibition there will be short demonstrations by exhibiting artists. Free admission.

Tue 27 September

and the last Tuesday of each month, except December 2pm – 5pm

Finds Identification in the District Rob Webley, Hampshire Finds Liaison Officer, will be on hand to examine your archaeological finds in Alresford Library. Free event.

Phone 01962 848 558 in advance for details.



OCTOBER Mon 3 October Winchester Discovery Centre 10am – 1pm

Over 55’s Information Day Visit the Winchester Museums stall at this event organised by Winchester District Over 55’s Forum. There will be information and advice on a variety of services available within the Winchester District. Free event.

Fri 28 – Sat 29 October City Museum 10am – 4.30pm

Saxon Living History Days Join AngloSaxon reenactors Weorod and immerse yourself in the daily life, and violent death, of the Dark Ages! Free event, don’t forget to bring camera.

Tue 25 – Sun 30 October Westgate 10am – 5pm

Halloween Horror Week Drop by and root out the rodents in our rat hunt spotter quiz. The creepy Westgate will be decorated especially for Halloween.

Sat 8 October – Sun 13 November City Space

PLACE_MENT PLACE_MENT is an exhibition that explores the reading and measuring of place both from a scientific and an artistic perspective. By bringing together artefacts, films, historic maps and paintings by Tina Bird Wallbridge it invites the visitor to consider their own identity of a ‘sense of place’.

Mon 31 October Westgate 4.30pm – 7pm

Halloween Horrors Ghoulish make and take activities in the spooky Westgate. Free event, children must be accompanied by adults.

NOVEMBER Sat 19 November – Sun 8 January City Space

Winter Threads – Force 8

Make your own contribution to our map wall. All materials provided. Activity suitable for children 6+. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Force 8 is a textile arts group formed in 2000 by eight enthusiastic textile artists. They have since grown to sixteen dedicated makers who follow their original ideals of promoting textile art through workshops, master classes and exhibitions such as Winter Threads. Members of the group will be on hand throughout the exhibition to demonstrate their skills and chat about their work.

Free event.

Free admission.

Free event.

Wed 26 October City Space 10am – 4pm

Family drop-in activity

Free admission.



DECEMBER Sat 10 December – Sun 8 January City Museum

Christmas Quizzes Join in the hunt for objects in our Christmas Tree spotter quiz. Younger children can track down the robins perched around the museum. Free quizzes for all the family. Tasty prizes for successful festive sleuths.

JANUARY Tue 3 January until summer 2012 Guildhall, first floor entrance

Diamond Jubilee In the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this small display features objects, souvenirs and photographs showing how the people of Winchester commemorated the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. Guildhall opening hours only.

Sat 14 January – Sun 5 February

Sat 11 February – Sun 11 March City Space

Sat 17 March – Sun 15 April

Mayor’s Choice

City Space

This popular annual exhibition showcases paintings from Winchester Museums’ topographical collection and gives the public an opportunity to see items that are not normally on display.

Leg It!

Free admission.

FEBRUARY Sun 12 February Westgate 11am – 3pm

Civil War Muster Members of the Sealed Knot muster at the Westgate with muskets and pike. Join in military drill and find out about life as a soldier in the Civil War. Free event. No booking required. Don’t forget to bring a camera.

Fri 17 and Sat 18 February

City Space

City Museum 10am – 5pm

This Is My Home Now

The Romans Return

This exhibition documents and celebrates the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, and includes photographs, sketches and personal recollections of the refugees. A project initiated by the Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group.

Studying the Romans at school? Come along and meet a Roman soldier and Roman lady from Legio Secunda Augusta. Replica objects to handle. Free event, don’t forget to bring a camera.

Free admission.


Features a rare surviving 18th century sedan chair from Winchester Museums’ collections. Did this form of public transport have the lowest carbon ‘footprint’ ever? This exhibition will ask visitors to think about the most energy efficient way of getting from A to B. Free admission.

Sat 31 March – Sun 15 April City Museum

Easter Spotter Quiz Spot the Easter bunnies hopping around the City Museum. Win a small tasty prize if you spot them all. Free event.

Sat 31 March – Sun 15 April. Westgate Weekends only

Easter Spotter Quiz Spot the Easter chicks hidden around the Old Westgate. Win a small tasty prize if you spot them all. Free entry.


Find out more... View our new interactive website at Email: Tel: 01962 840 222

See the new Winchester Museums film at visitwinchester king_alf and search for Winchester Museums

Find out more about our fascinating collections at If you have any particular needs which affect how you are able to use or be involved in our services or how you would like to receive information for example translation, interpreters, Braille, audio tape, large print, sign language - please contact the Customer Service Centre either by telephone 01962 840 222 or by email

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