Hidden Treasures at St Cross Art exhibition 1 – 16 August 2009

Winchester City Council’s museums service has teamed up with The Hospital of St Cross to hold an exhibition of art depicting the magnificent architecture of the country’s oldest almshouse.

The art exhibited is from an extensive collection of topographical mixed media from the Winchester Museums reserve collection. The exhibition also includes a small selection of archaeological objects from the City Council’s collections, together with privately owned objects found in the adjacent water meadows and also historical postcards of St Cross. This is an exhibition not to be missed, especially if you live in the St Cross area.

Curator of recent history Ross Turle commented, "This is an ideal opportunity to see nearly all the pictures of St Cross that are held by the Council but are normally in storage, exhibited in the very location that inspired them. Even the paintings which cannot be hung in the exhibition because they are not framed have been copied and placed in folders for visitors to view."

Cllr Patricia Stallard, portfolio holder for heritage, culture and sport, added "As a Council we very much enjoy working with other organisations to make our collections and services more widely available for residents of the city and district. We would like to thank the Master and the Trustees of the Hospital for this opportunity, and would encourage other communities to approach us to create similar ‘local’ exhibitions."

The buildings which form the hospital include a group of grade I listed medieval and Tudor buildings, including a medieval hall and tower, a Tudor cloister, a Norman church and wonderful gardens.

The exhibition can be seen in the Brethren’s Hall at The Hospital of St Cross from Saturday 1 August until Sunday 16 August during normal opening hours. Normal admisison charges for St Cross Hospital apply but there will be no extra charge for the exhibition.

Opening times are:
Summer (1 April to 31 October)
9:30am until 5:00pm (Monday to Saturday)
1:00pm until 5:00pm (Sundays)