Another successful year for the Westgate Museum

Press Release: 08/11/2005

Signe Higgins one of the museum Visitor Assistants took to her new role as a swash-buckling pirate!

The Westgate Museum, at the top of the High Street, has now closed for the usual winter break, after a very eventful and successful year. 

The team of hard working Visitor Assistants, Signe Higgins, Nick McPherson and Catherine Ferrier welcomed over 34,000 visitors during 2005. They hosted events such as the Sealed Knot Siege of the Westgate in March, a wonderful story telling session during the Easter weekend, and a lively exploration of Tudor music in a show and tell performance during May.

The Theatre Royal Winchester even launched their new Christmas pantomime during September, with a series of publicity photographs at the Museum. 

At the start of the year a new guide to the Museum was launched.  "The Westgate,  Winchester - Medieval to Modern Times" tells the story of Tudor and Stuart times in Winchester, as well as the history of the Westgate itself, and costs £2.50.

A range of special facilities and activities have been introduced recently at the Westgate Museum and the City Museum. These include child-sized furniture to allow younger children to feel more at home during their visits, more hands-on-activities, brass rubbing and seasonal quizzes.

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

The Westgate Museum will re-open to the public on Wednesday 1 February 2006.
The City Museum in The Square, Winchester will remain open during the winter months.

Opening hours:
Tues-Sat 10.00 - 4.00pm
Sunday 12noon - 4.00pm
Monday - Closed

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