‘The People of Early Winchester’ book launch

The latest Winchester Studies volume, ‘The People of Early Winchester’ was officially launched in the King Charles Suite at the Winchester Guildhall on Wednesday 15th February. The book which traces the lives, health, and diseases of Winchester’s inhabitants as seen in their skeletal remains from the mid-third century to the mid-sixteenth century, is a remarkable achievement.

“Here is a work of exceptional importance … this magisterial volume is by far the most comprehensive published study of burial evidence for any part of Britain”

Martin Henig, Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

The book represents many years of hard work and research by author Dr Caroline Stuckert, who travelled to Winchester from Philadelphia to attend the launch. This book is unique in that it provides a continuous chronological window of Winchester’s population over 1300 years rather than being a series of isolated studies.

The event was attended by a number of distingushed guests including Steve Brine, MP; Cllr Jane Rutter, Mayor of Winchester; and Cllr Keith Chapman, Chairman of Hampshire County Council.

This is the eighth book to be published in the Winchester Studies series and is printed by Oxford University Press. The book can be purchased on the OUP website.

People launch

From left to right: Barbara Bryant, Chairman of Winchester Excavations Committee; Cllr Jane Rutter, Mayor of Winchester; Dr Caroline Stuckert, Author; Professor Martin Biddle, General Editor and Director of the Winchester Excavations Committee; and Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford.

Winchester’s Lost Palaces: Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings in Residence

The Winchester Excavations Committee annual lecture evening, which took place at the Hampshire Record Office on Wednesday 7th December, was another sold out success. This year’s event explored Royal Gatherings in Anglo-Saxon and Early Norman Winchester, and addressed the question of where in Winchester important royal and ecclesiastical visitors might have stayed.

WEC lecture 2016 hants chronicle

Winchester Excavations Committee Christmas cards

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

The first design, new for 2016, features a piece of Anglo-Saxon wall painting found during Martin Biddle’s excavations of New Minster and dates to the later 9th century (pictured right). These cards are A6 in size and are available in packs of 5 cards at £2.50 per pack.

Our other two designs feature the Anglo-Saxon Cathedral of Old Minster at different stages of its development. Taken from original watercolours by our illustrator Simon Hayfield, these cards are A5 in size and are available in packs of 6 at £3.00 per pack.

Click HERE for more details and to order online.

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

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

New Historical map of Winchester c. 1800

In October (2016), we launched a new historical map of Winchester, based on a reconstructed plan of the ancient city in 1800. This is an updated and fully revised version of our folding map first published in 2012 and includes an introductory history of Winchester by Professor Martin Biddle.

Winchester’s remarkable history from its time as a royal and ecclesiastical centre without parallel in Anglo-Saxon England, to the city known by Jane Austen is shown on this detailed and informative folded map.

We have been able to incorporate up-to-date information as a result of our ongoing research in preparation for our publication of the Winchester Atlas. The new historical map also includes a gazetteer of Winchester’s most important buildings and sites, illustrated in colour.

The retail price of the map is £8.99 and is available from local Winchester bookstores.

Friends and donors can order a copy for £8 or 2 for £15 by contacting friends@winchesterstudies.org.uk

New Winchester map