Mayor's Choice - Places and Faces in Winchester

Press Release: 24/02/2005

The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Cecily Sutton, has chosen 72 paintings and prints for the annual exhibition of pictures from the collections of Winchester City Council's Museums Service.

The exhibition will be held at the Guildhall Gallery in the Broadway from the 25 February until 13 March. The exhibition will is to feature portraits and landscapes from Winchester's past. The landscapes show buildings which no longer exist, such as the King's House, built by King Charles II to rival Versailles in France in the 17th century. The historic portraits include all ranks of local society from the Bishop of Winchester to a lowly foot soldier.

The Mayor said "this is an ideal opportunity for the citizens of Winchester and the district to see some of the paintings normally held in storage by the City." The pictures, many by local artists, were chosen as a representation of Winchester and its district over the years. Some of the pictures will be displayed for the first time.

The exhibition can be seen in the Guildhall Gallery, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and Sunday 12.00 to 4.00 pm. Admission is free.

For more information please contact Ross Turle (Curator of Recent History) at Hyde Historic Resources Centre, 75 Hyde Street, Winchester, SO23 7DW, Tel: 01962 848194 E-mail: