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Winchester – archaeology and memory

Winchester – archaeology and memory

A major conference organised by Winchester Excavations Committee, Winchester College and the University of Winchester in which Fellows will feature large among the contributors. Full details will be available shortly: to register your interest, please email Susanne Haselgrove.

Winchester is the most thoroughly excavated city in Britain, and its excavations among the most fully recorded. It is also a city that has played a central role in the drama of English history as well as in British myth and legend. Much of the last fifty years of archaeological work in the City has been published in the ‘Winchester Studies’ series, written and edited under the direction of our Fellow Professor Martin Biddle. In addition, the material presented within them has wider implications for the study of Winchester, its people, landscape, topography and history. Thus the aim of this two-day multidisciplinary conference, and of the planned volume of essays that will emerge from it, is to make a wider reading of the archaeology, and one that also connects the material past with modern memory. Areas for discussion and debate will include memory and identity, myth, legend and history, power, space, place, architecture and fabric, communications, landscape, art, literature and piety, charity and devotion.


Professor Martin Biddle – Winchester and Masada

Professor John Collis – Iron Age Winchester

Dr Peter Cramer – Sacred and Profane in Winchester’s Past

Dr John Crook – The Cult of the Saints

Dr Paul Everill – The Development of Archaeological Method through the Excavations at Winchester

Malcolm Hebron – Memory and Literature – Winchester and the South Downs

David Honigmann – Class and the City

Professor Tom James – Biography and Demographic Change from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century

Dr Alex Langlands – The Urban Topography of Winchester in the Early Middle Ages

Dr Phil Marter – Winchester and the First World War

Professor Richard Morris – Winchester and England

Dr Simon Roffey – Piety and Poverty: the Hermit Friars of Medieival Winchester

Dr Nick Thorpe – Hyde Abbey and the Unmarked Grave – royal relics revived

Professor Barbara Yorke – King Alfred in Myth and History

The aim of the conference is to share views and perspectives so there will be opportunities for discussion of the presentations as well as “reflective” sessions where conference attendees can contribute their different perspectives prompted by the various contributors. Registration starts at 09.00 on 27th and sessions start at 10.00 and run through to 17.00; on 28th sessions start at 09.30 and run through to 15.30.

The conference fee of £62 (Friends of Winchester Studies £50) includes all conference sessions, morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments on 26th April and morning refreshments and lunch on 27th April 2014. Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

Contact Details

Contact: Susanne Haselgrove

Winchester: archaeology and memory
26.04.2014 – 27.04.2014



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