‘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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A full day’s event exploring different aspects of Winchester’s archaeology is taking place next weekend on Sunday 21st July at the Winchester Discovery Centre. This event forms part of the Council for British Archaeology’s National Festival. The event is free of charge and no booking is required – just turn up and enjoy the day!
Archaeology festival

We have three different Christmas card designs on offer this year.

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

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