Head to head with characters from the past

Press Release: 03/10/2005

Conference Winchester

Conference Winchester is encouraging meeting organisers to head to Winchester to find that perfect venue with a difference.

In conjunction with the promotion of National Meetings Week 3 - 7 October, delegates can have the ultimate head-to-head meeting at Winchester's Historic Resources Centre, a beautiful 18th century malting barn on the site of Hyde Abbey - burial place of Alfred the Great.

Delegates will find themselves surrounded by amazing finds from Winchester's past, including fantastic death masks, one of which is Napoleon's. This custom of taking casts from the head's of both the dead and the living was due to Phrenology, the 19th century study of behaviour from the lumps and bumps on the human head!

From ancient to modern, Winchester's conference venues are an ideal blend of functional and quirky, from The Undercroft at the Cathedral to state-of-the-art facilities at the Theatre Royal which add an unusual interpretation to 'theatre style'. Out in the Winchester District, meetings at the Royal Armouries Fort Nelson allow delegates to freely roam the exhibits and interact with military history.

Conference Winchester's one-stop conference desk offers the perfect solution for busy conference organisers and Councillor Therese Evans, Winchester City Council's portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport, is full of praise at how Conference Winchester is enhancing Winchester's business tourism economy.

"The success of Conference Winchester has clearly raised the profile of business tourism within the Winchester District. Its one-stop venue-finding service, together with the diversity and quality of its consortium venues, has helped us put Winchester firmly on the conference map," she said.
For conference enquiries and copies of the new brochure, telephone 0870 744 7022