History comes alive at the Westgate!

Press Release: 10/02/2012

Civil War pikemen

Join Civil War soldiers as they muster at the old Westgate, one of Winchester’s ancient gateways, and be transported back in time to the 17th century.

On Sunday 12 February, from 11am to 3pm, this re-enactment by members of the Sealed Knot will bring pikemen, musketeers and camp followers into the centre of Winchester.

Come along, learn how to drill, and find out more about the life of a soldier during the English Civil War, 350 years ago.

Commenting on the event, Robin Iles, Education Officer at Winchester City Council Museums said:

There will be a full programme of activities on the day, including displays of musket and pike drills as well as a small living history display. Usually, children love having a go at military drill, and it is always fascinating to watch the manoeuvres of the Sealed Knot brigades. It is a day full of colour and participation.”

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport at Winchester City Council said:

The Westgate museum contains weapons and armour from the Civil War and it is fascinating to see history brought alive once more in and around our ancient city gateway. This promises to be an exciting day and it’s all completely free”.

No booking required – just turn up on the day. For more details contact Winchester Museums museums@winchester.gov.uk or visit www.winchester.gov.uk/museums