Go back in time with a visit to the Westgate Muster

Press Release: 12/02/2008

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Join Civil War soldiers as they lay siege to the Westgate, one of Winchester’s ancient gateways, and be transported back in history.

On Sunday 17 February, from 11am–5pm, this re-enactment of the siege of the Westgate by the Sealed Knot will bring pikemen, musketeers, artillery and camp followers into the centre of Winchester.

Come and try out the soldiers’ weapons, learn to drill and find out more about the life as a soldier during the English Civil War. There will also be canon to support the garrison and the gun captain and crew will demonstrate the loading and firing of this awesome piece of artillery.

Commenting on the event, Sher Kent from Winchester City Council’s Museum Service, said: “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 Patricia Stallard, portfolio holder for culture, heritage and sport, added: “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 an exciting day.”

Admission to this exciting event is free – no booking required – just turn up on the day.

For more details contact Winchester Museums on (01962) 848 269, email: museums@winchester.gov.uk or visit www.winchester.gov.uk/heritage