‘One of the most important excavations Worldwide of the 20th century’ – The Times, Millennium Edition, 1 January 2000.

‘No one excavation had a greater impact on archaeology in Britain in the later twentieth century than Martin Biddle’s project in Winchester in the 1960s’
– Professor John Collis in Great Excavations, edited by John Schofield 2011.

Between 1962 and 1971 the Winchester Excavations Committee carried out the largest programme of archaeological excavations and historical research ever undertaken in a British city. For the first time the centre of interest was the city itself, the urban phenomenon and how it waxed and waned over 2000 years from the Iron Age, through Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval times down to the emergence of the modern city in the Victorian period. In 1968 the Excavations Committee founded the Winchester Research Unit to complete the excavations and historical research and to prepare the results for publication in a series of ‘Winchester Studies’.

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We have a beautiful new Christmas card on offer this year in addition to our three previous designs.

Our new card for 2020, illustrated by Simon Hayfield, shows Old Minster, as rebuilt in the later tenth century. We hope you’ll like it as much as we do!

For more information including how to order, and to view all four designs, please CLICK HERE.

All four designs are also available to purchase at the Winchester Cards for Good Causes shop in Winchester:
115 High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AS, UK
Opening Dates:19th October–18th December 2020
Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–4pm
Sun Closed

Old Minster later C10th copyright
New for 2020: Old Minster as rebuilt in the later tenth century

Winchester’s Lost Palaces: where are they?
given to the Friends of Winchester Studies in 2016 by Martin Biddle will be on the Hampshire Field Club’s YouTube Channel as part of this year’s National Festival of Archaeology – the release date is set for 8.00 am on Saturday 24 October. Click here to view the lecture.