‘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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Tickets for this year’s lecture evening, focussing on the environment of Early Winchester, are now on sale. This year’s event is being held at the Hampshire Record Office on Tuesday 3rd December at 6pm. Advanced booking is advised as places are limited.
Annual lecture flyer 2019

An Historical Map of Winchester – framed
An Historical Map of Winchester: From Medieval Times to 1800 has been beautifully framed by a local Oxford frame-maker. The map features a choice of frame, either traditional (as pictured) or a more modern alternative. A Perspex back to the map allows access to the gazetteer of street names and places. Click HERE for more details and to order.

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Framed map of historic Winchester about 1800.

Winchester Excavations Christmas cards now available
We have three different Christmas card designs on offer again this year.

Click HERE for more details and to order.

All three designs are also available to purchase at the Winchester Charity Christmas Card Sale at Winchester Guildhall Tourist Information Office.

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Anglo-Saxon wall painting from New Minster, later 9th century.

2020 Calendar: George Shepherd’s Winchester
Bill Hoade has compiled a selection of George Shepherd’s beautiful watercolours of Winchester to form a calendar for 2020. The watercolours are accompanied by an explanatory text, written by Bill Hoade.

These watercolours were first published in our Atlas volume, WS 11. The images are the copyright of Winchester College, who kindly provided them for this use.

Calendars are available to purchase from the Winchester City Museum, P & G Wells Bookshop in College Street, Warren & Son, Cornflowers Gift Shop, Sarsen Press, Bell Fine Art, Wild Bunch Florists in Winchester and Alresford, and Hursley Post Office. The Calendar will also be on sale at our lecture evening on the 3rd December.

George Shepherd’s Winchester: a calendar for 2020.