Westgate Muster

Press Release: 06/02/2006

The Siege of the Westgate

On Sunday 12 February 2006, Civil War soldiers will lay siege to the Westgate, one of Winchester's ancient gateways.

This re-enactment by the company of the Sealed Knot will consist of pikemen, musketeers, artillery and camp followers. Come and try out the weapons of the soldiers, learn to drill and find out more about life as a soldier during the English Civil War. There will also be cannon to support this garrison and the gun captain and crew will demonstrate the loading and firing of this awesome piece of artillery.

Sher Kent from Winchester City Council's Museum Service, commented", This is one of our more popular family fun events at the museum; and it certainly is the noisiest! Children love having a go at military drill, and it is always fascinating to watch the manoeuvres of the Sealed Knot brigades. It's a day full of colour and participation, with more than a whiff of gunpowder."

Cllr. Therese Evans, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport said, "The Westgate Museum contains weapons and armour from the Civil War and it is great to see history brought alive once more in and around our ancient city gateway. This promises to be a very exciting day".

Admission to this exciting event is free - no booking required - just turn up on the day!
Display times
11.30 Guard duty commences at the Westgate
12.30 Drill display including cannon
1.30 Drill display including cannon
2.30 Drill display including cannon
3.30 Drill display including cannon
4.00 Guard duty finishes

Westgate opening hours Sunday 12 February 2006 - 11.00 - 5.00 pm.

For more information contact: Winchester Museum Service on 01962 848269, email: museums@winchester.gov.uk