Medieval Day at the City Museum

Press Release: 12/07/2013

Medival Man at Arms

The ‘Magnificent Middle Ages’ is the theme for a day of free family activities at the City Museum, Winchester on Saturday 20 July.

Visitors will be able to meet a medieval man-at-arms, handle real artefacts from the time brought out from the museum stores and make cut-out medieval characters to take away.

On the same day, Katie Hinds, the Hampshire Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, will be based at the City Museum to identify finds brought in by members of the public. Perhaps you have found interesting objects in your garden, out walking or metal-detecting and wondered what they are? If so, bring them along and find out more about them.

Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development at Winchester City Council, said:

Winchester’s medieval heritage is all around us, attracting large numbers of visitors to the city, and the museum’s medieval day will help to bring alive this period of history for local people and tourists alike.

Robin Iles, Education Officer at Winchester City Council Museums, said:

As well as taking part in our medieval activities and having their finds identified, visitors will be able to see the wealth of medieval objects on display in the museum. These include fine jewellery, sculptured stones, a child’s leather shoes and even a medieval Mayor of Winchester’s wooden toilet seat.

This special museum event is timed to celebrate the national Festival of Archaeology, which takes place annually at the end of July. The medieval day runs from 11am-4.30pm at the City Museum in The Square, Winchester.

Admission to this event is free – just turn up.

For more details call the City Museum 01962 863 064, email or visit