Summer in the City Museum

There will be free events and quizzes for all the family at Winchester City Museum during the school summer holidays.


A make-and-take drop-in workshop is taking place on Friday 13th August. To support this summer’s BBC “Hands on History” campaign featuring “The Normans”, Winchester Museums are giving visitors the opportunity to have a go at making their very own Norman shields, with designs influenced by artefacts in the museum or their own imaginations. Further Norman events are being held by both Winchester Cathedral and the Great Hall.


Families in search of a challenge this summer can try out the City Museum Relic Trail. This free quiz takes them around the museum to face various ingenious challenges which they must successfully complete to earn the title “Guardians of the Museum”. Many children will have seen the CBBC TV series Relic – Guardians of the Museum earlier this year, and now they can take part in their own fun-filled treasure hunt to explore objects in the museum collection.

Cllr Dominic Hiscock, Portfolio Holder for Economic Prosperity at Winchester City Council, said: “Local families and those visiting the City on holiday will find enjoyable activities to both entertain and educate them at the Museum this summer in family-friendly historic Winchester.”


Robin Iles of Winchester City Council Museums, added: "We have worked with partners in Winchester and at the BBC to create fun new ways for families to discover the fascinating history of their City at the Museum during their summer break.”


Admission to the City Museum is free – just turn up. Drop-in events will take place between 10am-4pm. Museum opening hours: 10am – 5pm each day.  For more details call the City Museum 01962 863 064, email: or visit