Events for all the family at Treasures of Hyde Abbey Exhibition

A series of fascinating lectures, workshops, and events have been planned to accompany the Treasures of Hyde Abbey exhibition which opened on 6th March at Winchester Discovery Centre.


The organisers have put together a programme of events to appeal to everyone; from adults wanting to discover more of the history of Hyde and Winchester, to children and families looking for free activities during the Easter holidays.


An impressive evening lecture series by experts in their fields will complement the exhibition of important treasures which have been brought back together for the first time in nearly 500 years. Justin Pollard will be “Rediscovering King Alfred” and Professor Simon Keynes of Cambridge University will feature two important historical books from Hyde Abbey in his talk. Local expert Dr John Crook will lecture on the architecture of Hyde, Professor David Hinton will discuss “Life and Death in Norman Hampshire” and Dr Leonie Hicks will look at life in a medieval monastery.


Visitors will also have the chance to learn how to read old handwriting, view a demonstration in the Gallery by experts who conserve ancient artefacts and historic documents, and take a Hyde guided tour with the Winchester Tourist Guides.


On 12th April, Medieval re-enactors and musicians will take over the Discovery Centre for what promises to be a fantastic event for all the family. Visitors will meet the medieval community of Hyde and encounter a taverner, an archer, a scribe, a miller, and a foot soldier.


Robin Iles, Winchester City Council’s Education Officer for museums said: “A varied programme of events has been organised to compliment “Treasures of Hyde Abbey” in order that the fascinating history of the Abbey can be accessed by the widest range of people of different ages and interests”.


Full details of all the Treasures of Hyde Abbey events on offer can be found on the Discovery Centre website at