‘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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The Winchester Excavations Committee and Research Unit has moved after 22 years in our office in Summertown, North Oxford. Our old building is being developed (knocked down and rebuilt as something else!) so we had to find ourselves a new home. At the beginning of June, we moved to new offices in Kidlington.

Our contact details are:

Address: Winchester Excavations Committee

Suite N1, The Kidlington Centre

High Street, Kidlington



Email: winchesterstudies@gmail.com

Phone: 07743 953504 or 01865 370182