Winchester CBA Festival of Archaeology

Winchester: beneath our feet
October 2020

With so much archaeology beneath our feet in Winchester, many of the organisations involved in its research, conservation and promotion couldn’t miss the opportunity to get behind the nation’s biggest archaeological festival again this year despite all the current constraints.

Hyde900, Winchester Excavations Committee, Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society, Hampshire Cultural Trust, WARG, Winchester City Council, the University of Winchester and others have been working together to support the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology 2020 Part II.

From 24 October to 1 November there will be more on offer to anyone with an interest in the city’s past both online and outdoors. Hyde900 is leading the way with its King Alfred Weekend and Community Dig held as near as possible to the anniversary of the King’s death on 26 October 899.

Professor Martin Biddle’s engaging and illuminating evening lecture Winchester’s Lost Palaces: where are they? given to the Friends of Winchester Studies in 2016 will be released on the Hampshire Field Club’s YouTube Channel on 24 October. Tickets for the live lecture sold out so if you missed it then now is your chance to hear it.

A series of new articles is being added to Hampshire Cultural Trust’s Culture on Call website for the Festival. It will include two articles on Aspects of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act, showcasing some intriguing objects from the Winchester area. There will also be one on recent research into one of Winchester’s early archaeologists, Sydney Ward-Evans, one of the first to bring public attention to the city’s archaeology, particularly the pre-Roman settlements in the 1930s and 1940s.

Links and booking details:

Full itinerary available at Advance booking is necessary for all the Hyde900 live events so that social distancing and other precautions can be followed. All events must be pre-booked at

Winchester Excavations Committee
Professor Martin Biddle’s lecture is on the Hampshire Field Club YouTube channel. Further information about the work of the Committee and Winchester Studies at

Hampshire Cultural Trust
Go to Culture on Call to read the Festival of Archaeology 2020 articles.

Council for British Archaeology
Full details of Festival of Archaeology 2020 events in Winchester and beyond are on the Council for British Archaeology Festival website.

Contact: Jo Bailey, President, Hampshire Field Club & Archaeological Society 07540 429242

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