‘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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Don’t miss this year’s ‘King Alfred Weekend’. This annual event organised by Hyde900 and Bartholomew’s Church features a fantastic programme including lectures, walks and tours. Full details can be downloaded here or visit Hyde900’s website for further information and booking details.King alfred weekend



The conference, organised by the ‘Winchester, The Royal City Project’ of the Hampshire Cultural Trust has a fantastic line up of speakers. The full event programme includes a range of parallel sessions on themes including the intellectual life of Winchester, court and politics, saints and miracle stories, Bishops of Winchester and the people of Winchester, and is available to view here:
Winchester conference 2017_programme
HCT conference flyer

The event will open with a public lecture by Professor Eric Fernie on Sunday 9th July. Tickets for this event are only £10 and certainly not to be missed!
Fernie lecture

All tickets can booked via the Hampshire Cultural Trust website.