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What’s On

March 2012 – September 2012

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Winchester Museums



Westgate W Museum


if walls could talk...

the journey begins...


City W Museum

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 Audio Guide


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 Apr–Oct Sat 10am–5pm Times Sun noon–5pm Nov– Closed Feb halfterm Feb halfterm– Sat 10am–4pm Mar 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 from Apr Sun 11am–3pm 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 MARCH 2012 – SEPTEMBER 2012 MARCH Until end September 2012 Guildhall first floor entrance

Jubilation 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 17 March – Sun 15 April City Space

Leg It!

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 14 April Sat 31 March – Sun 15 April

The Ship Inn, Bishops Sutton, 11am – 3pm

Westgate, Weekends only

Easter Spotter Quiz

Finds Identification Day

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

Have you found any objects in your garden, out walking or metal-detecting? Wondered what they are or how old they might be? Now is your chance to find out! Bring them along, and find out more about them.

Free event.

Free event.

Sat 21 April – Sun 20 May This exhibition 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.

City Space

Winchester Photographic Society Annual Exhibition 2012 Winchester Photographic Society is one of the largest photographic clubs in the south and its annual exhibition attracts entries from not only its own membership but

photographers far and wide, professional and amateur. Free admission



MAY Sat 19 May – Sun 10 June


Sat 26 May City Museum, 11am – 4pm

Victorian Jubilee

City Museum

Free event.

Cathedral Green, 12 – 4pm

Festival of Volunteering

Jubilee Crown Spotter Quiz

Spot the Royal Crowns hidden around the City Museum. Win a small tasty prize if you spot them all.

Sun 3 June

Pop along to the City Museum and find out how the Victorians celebrated their Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Make-and-take a pop up Jubilee card, suitable for age 6+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come along and find out how you could volunteer with Winchester Museums. You will find us alongside at least 30 other organisations seeking volunteers together with ‘One Big Table’, a multicultural event celebrating the cultural diversity of Winchester which includes food, live music and dance. Free event.

Sat 9 June 1 - 5pm

Bishop’s Waltham Show

Free event.

Sat 26 May – Sun 1 July City Space

Creative Force This exhibition showcases work by some of the best arts practitioners in the Winchester area and includes insights into how they create work that is admired both here and abroad. Part of the Winchester Best of British Festival. Free entry.

Winchester Museums will be attending this popular show, taking artefacts and activities out to people in the district. Admission charge will apply.





Sat 25 August

Wed 15 August

Hambledon Horticultural Show

Winchester Discovery Centre, 10am – 4pm

Victory Wreath make and take Sat 7 July – Sun 26 August City Space

Sporting Heroes This exciting summer exhibition celebrates our local sporting personalities past, present and future. Full of fascinating objects and inspiring stories, from the world of Ancient Greece to the dedication of our young sporting heroes of today. With plenty of fun activities and things to do, this family friendly exhibition has something for everyone. Free admission.

Drop in to the Discovery Centre for this free family activity and make your very own Ancient Olympics victory wreath to take away with you. All materials provided. Age 7+.

Visit our stall at this Bank Holiday event and try some of our hands-on activities, together with finds handling and replica period costume.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free activity.

Sat 18 August 11am – 5pm

Denmead Village Show Winchester Museums taking artefacts and activities out to people in the district.

Sat 21 July City Space Start time - 3pm

2pm – 5pm


Sporting Winchester Tour Join a registered city guide for a 1½ hour tour and take a look at the places around Hyde and River Park where Wintonians enjoyed their sporting activites over the last two hundred years or more. Tickets from the TIC 01962 840500. Adults £5 Children £1.

Sat 1 – Sun 30 September City Space

Winchester Art Club Exhibition 2012 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. During the exhibition there will be short demonstrations by exhibiting artists. Free admission.


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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

MAD0076-01930 Mar 2012 Produced by Winchester City Council

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