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What’s On

September 2012 – March 2013

open your eyes...



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


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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–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




Sat 6 October – Sun 11 November

Sat 1 – Sun 30 September

City Space

Making It: in communities and schools

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 afternoon during the exhibition there will

be short demonstrations by exhibiting artists. Free admission.

An intriguing exhibition of work by makers, schools and community groups, including Deryn Relph, knit designer and Sarah Macrae, designer-jeweller together with work made by pupils during workshops led by Tim Johnson, basket maker and Julian Belmonte, ceramicist. Free admission.

Until end September 2012


Guildhall first floor entrance

Mon 1 October until end April 2013


Guildhall, first floor entrance

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.

Sat 13 – Sun 14 October Westgate, 10am – 4.30pm

Trading in Stone

Guildhall opening hours only.

A selection of stoneware vessels of all shapes and sizes from the Winchester Museums collections many of which prominently display the names of local traders and their products.

Sat 8 September

Guildhall opening hours only.

Westgate, 10am – 1pm, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Medieval Archer To mark Heritage Open Weekend the Westgate will be visited by a medieval archer. Come along and find out about military life in the Middle Ages. Free admission.

Stuarts at the Westgate Re-enactors bring Stuart history alive. What was it like to live in England during the time of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War? Bring a camera. Free family event.


Events Sat 27 October

Wed 31 October

St Bartholomew’s Church, Hyde, Winchester, 10am –4pm

Westgate, 3pm – 7pm

King Alfred’s Day Winchester Museums staff are going out-and-about with activities, Anglo-Saxon costume, and object handling, to join the community in Hyde in commemorating the life of King Alfred.

Sat 27 – Wed 31 October Westgate, Sat and Sun normal opening hours, Mon – Tue 10am – 5pm, Wed 31, 10am – 7pm

Halloween Horrors Spotter Quiz The creepy Westgate will be decorated for Halloween and will be staying open late on Halloween evening. Can you spot all of the scary bats hidden around the Westgate chamber?

Spooky Halloween make-and-take Pop in to the Westgate and make a scary hanging bat to take away on Halloween evening… if you dare! Free event.

NOVEMBER Fri 2 and Sat 3 November

DECEMBER Sat 15 December City Museum, 11am – 3.30pm

Christmas Past and festive make and take Come along to the City Museum and find out how Christmas was celebrated over 100 years ago. You can also make a Christmas pop-up card to take home with you. Free activity. Age 7+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

City Museum, 10am – 3.30pm

Sat 15 December – Sun 6 January

Saxon Living History Days

City Museum

Join Anglo-Saxon re-enactors Weorod, and immerse yourself in the daily life, and violent death, of the Dark Ages!

See if you can spot our reindeer hiding around the around the City Museum; don’t miss the one with the red nose!

Free event, don’t forget to bring your camera.

Free quiz for all the family. Tasty prizes for successful festive sleuths.

Sat 17 November – Sun 6 January

crafts that have been practiced by civilisations across the world for thousands of years. Members of the guild will be on hand during the exhibition to demonstrate their skills and even allow visitors the chance to try their hand at some of these fascinating crafts.

Christmas Quiz

Free admission.

City Space

Spinning a Yarn, Weaving a Thread This colourful and inspiring exhibition by the Hampshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers offers visitors an insight in


Free admission.




Sat 12 January – Sun 3 February

Thurs 7 March – Sun 14 April

City Space

City Space

Mayor’s Choice

Books by Artists

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.

A display of Artists’ Books from the Winchester School of Art Collection which includes work by former students selected and acquired at final year degree shows since the 1980s. The books cover a wide variety of topics including textiles, photography, holidays and journeys brought to life using a range of colours, textures and materials.

Free admission.


Fri 22 and Sat 23 February

Sat 9 February – Sun 3 March

City Museum, 10am – 5pm

City Space

Studying the Romans at school? Come along and meet a Roman soldier and Roman lady from Legio Secunda Augusta. Replica objects to handle.

A Change of Heart Local artist Andrew Carnie returns to City Space with his fascinating and intriguing video and projection based artwork this time inspired by cutting edge medical research into the working of the heart.

The Romans Return

Free event, don’t forget to bring a camera.

Free admission.

Sun 17 February Westgate, 11am – 3pm

Free admission.

Sat 23 March – Sun 14 April City Museum

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

Sat 23 March – Sun 14 April

Westgate Civil War Muster

Westgate, weekends only

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.

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

Free event. No booking required. Don’t forget to bring a camera.

Free event.

Easter Spotter Quiz


Find out more... View our website at Email: Tel: 01962 840 222 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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What's On September 2012 to March 2012  

Events happening at Winchester City Museum, City Space at the Winchester Discovery Centre and the Westgate Museum

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