On 22nd October, a new project group, ‘Winchester: The Royal City’ held its first public event entitled ‘Winchester, A Nation Emerges’. This one day symposium explored the people and fabric of Anglo-Saxon Winchester and included many distinguished speakers, such as Professor Michael Wood:
“If you want to get a sense of why the Anglo-Saxons still matter to us today, just take a take a trip to Winchester… the place where the ideas of the Carolingian Renaissance in Europe were made concrete in English politics and ideology, in architecture and art, in learning and in law. For that reason especially, it is a key place in the story of England.”
The symposium marked a fantastic start to this exciting and ambitious project which was set up by the Hampshire Cultural Trust and is made up of a number of Winchester organisations including the Winchester Excavations Committee. The project wishes to celebrate and promote the ancient city of Winchester as a centre of key significance to the development of England and English Culture.
The project group comprises of The Hampshire Cultural Trust, Hyde900, The English Project, University of Winchester, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester Excavations Committee, Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.
The event concluded with the launch of our new historical map of Winchester c. 1800, a revised edition of the Winchester map first published by the Excavations Committee in 2012.