Join the Westgate Civil War Muster

Press Release: 10/02/2014

Marching at the Westgate

Members of the Sealed Knot are gathering at the Westgate in Winchester at the beginning of half-term week to re-enact life in the English Civil War. The event marks the re-opening of the Westgate Museum after its winter break.

On Sunday 16 February, from 11am to 3pm, musketeers, pikemen and camp followers will muster at the old gateway into the city. Starting at half past each hour there will be displays of musket and pike drills and a chance to join in and have a go yourself.

Come along, learn how to drill, and find out more about the life of a soldier during the English Civil War 350 years ago. No booking is required – just turn up on the day.

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

The military drill is quite a spectacle with flag-waving and the steady beat of the drums. After a demonstration by members of the Sealed Knot, visitors are able to join in and have a go at military drill. Children love carrying their own muskets or pikes as they march on parade.

Cllr. Robert Humby, Deputy Leader at Winchester City Council, said:

King Charles I passed through the Westgate on his way to trial and execution in London, and the ancient chamber above contains weapons and armour from the Civil War, and replica armour visitors can try on. This makes the Westgate the ideal venue for a Muster. It promises to be an exciting day and it’s all completely free.