‘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 hope that you and your families are safe and well. These are such difficult times and we are all having to find ways to adapt.

Much like other organisations, our response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been an evolving and pragmatic one. Fortunately, the nature of much of our work, along with some foresight and planning, has enabled all of us at the Research Unit to adapt to working from home, albeit with some inevitable limitations.

As General Editor, Martin is working closely with Katherine, Pru, Clare and Meg on the Environment volume of Winchester Studies. We are hopeful that the current situation will not impact too negatively upon a publication date for this volume.

Francis is making good progress on the Roman volume and Beatrice continues her work on the Castle volume, with continued editorial assistance from Robert Peberdy.

We are truly grateful for your continued interest and support, as it helps us to complete the whole Winchester Studies series.

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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.
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