Who, what, why, when, where? ABOVE: Skull of Anglo-Saxon male. Who? The ‘Who?’ Is a place which reopened following a major refurbishment project – the medieval gallery at Winchester’s City Museum, operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust. What? Re-named The Gallery of a 1000 Years, it is dedicated to a millennia of Winchester’s history, spanning the Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods which were key to the city’s development as England’s centre of royal, ecclesiastical and political power. The emphasis of the renovated gallery is on telling the captivating stories of people who lived in the city and unlocking secrets from objects on display. Digital interpretation has been used to animate stories, with key figures from the city’s past brought to life, amongst them King Alfred, William the Conqueror, Henry of Blois and Cardinal Beaufort. Why? Visitors will be able to view the original 12th century arch from the cloisters of Hyde Abbey, the 6 Resident 1000 years carving in the country, now shown for the first time in the context of the Anglo-Saxon and medieval history of Winchester. Key local archaeological discoveries will be showcased on a regular basis, such as the skull of a 35 to 45-year- old Anglo-Saxon man discovered during excavations at an execution cemetery in Littleton, plus the remains of two skeletons with shackled legs unearthed at Oliver’s Battery. When? ABOVE: Cleaning medieval tiles. final resting place of Alfred the Great and location of Hyde900 community digs (2016-18). The exquisite stonework, discovered during the digs, is one of the finest examples of Romanesque Open from 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm on Sundays), the gallery was officially opened by the Mayor of Winchester, Eleanor Bell, at an event attended by members of Hyde900, householders from King Alfred Terrace (where the community digs were held) and Martin Biddle, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Where? City Museum is in The Square, Winchester. winchester-city-museum