Winchester Museums at Bishop’s Waltham Show

Press Release: 24/05/2013

Bishops Waltham Show

Winchester Museums will be at Bishop’s Waltham Show on Saturday 1 June with archaeological-finds sorting and identification activities, replica period costumes for children to try and real artefacts from the collections for people to handle.

There are two new activities for 2013 with which the Museum team would like visitors to the show to help.

Firstly they would like to ask people visiting the show if they have any family memorabilia relating to the First World War, particularly with a local connection to Winchester and District.

This could be photographs, letters, medals, other artefacts or family histories. The Museum team is keen to make a record of the items and potentially – if the owners are willing – to make use of the material in a series of exhibitions next year.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

2014 will see a great many events commemorating the outbreak of the First World War and Winchester City Council’s Museum Service, in partnership with Hampshire and Southampton Museums, will be telling this momentous story through the lives of local communities and individuals in remembrance of the sacrifices made during what many at the time considered to be ‘the war to end all wars’.

Ever wondered what that mystery object was, lying in the bottom of the draw or on the mantelpiece? Perhaps it’s something that you found while out walking the dog, digging the garden or even metal-detecting.

At the show the Museum team will have curators on hand as well as the Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) for Hampshire to help with identification. The FLO is part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, a national scheme under the auspices of the British Museum, which encourages people who find archaeological material to declare their finds and allow them to be added to a national database. This is not a valuation service; it is purely for identification of objects.

Mark Barden, Museums Exhibitions and Events Co-ordinator, said:

If we can help you identify that mystery object or you can help us with World War I material then come along and find us at the show and don’t forget all our other activities, particularly the opportunity to pose in our period costumes. Remember to bring your camera!

The Bishop’s Waltham Show is on Saturday 1 June at the Hoe Road Recreation Ground and is open to the public from 1pm.