New Guide to the Westgate Museum

Press Release: 07/02/2005

A new souvenir guide to the Westgate Museum, Winchester, has been published to coincide with the museum re-opening after its winter closure.

The guide entitled "The Westgate - Winchester Medieval to Modern Times" sells at £2.50 and tells the story of Tudor and Stuart times in Winchester, as well as the history of the Westgate building.

Cllr. Therese Evans, Winchester City Council's Cabinet Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport, described the Museum in Upper High Street as "a small jewel in the crown of the Museum Service."

"I am delighted the Westgate Museum now has its own guide. It has a fascinating history. It was originally built as one of the defensible gateways in Winchester's city walls and has been used as a city prison, the smoking room of a public house and was opened for its current use as a museum in 1898," she added.

"Not only is the museum worth a visit but it also has wonderful views of the city from its roof and I feel sure visitors and tourists alike will gain great benefit from the guide."

Sher Kent, Visitor Services Manager for the Council's Museum Service, said the latest guide complements other guides produced by the Service. "It completes the story of the wider history of the city told in our other museum, the City Museum in The Square."

Admission to the Westgate Museum is free and its opening hours are: February and March, Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun 12noon-5pm; April to October, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun 12 noon-5pm

For further information on the Westgate Museum please contact Sher Kent on 01962 848269, email: