2018 Heritage Open Days 13 to 16 September

datePosted on 21:07, September 9th, 2018

Hyde900 had over 1,000 visitors to its stand and more than one hundred participants in its medieval tile-making workshop, making this year’s Heritage Open Days as the best ever.

“We’ve enjoyed unprecedented levels of interest in the Hyde Abbey story and are delighted that there continues to be enormous enthusiasm among the public for the process of reproducing tiles modelled on the original medieval designs from Hyde,” said Hyde900 Chairman Steve Marper.

People of all ages were visibly enjoying the opportunity to work with clay to form tiles bearing complex patterns derived from the medieval originals, tutored by local artist Kate Arnold. “Many participants were totally amazed by the high quality of what they were able to produce,” said David Spurling, co-ordinator of the event. “Once they have been glazed and fired they will be good enough to grace the cathedral itself!”

Visitors to the Hyde900 stand also had the opportunity to see the reconstructed arch from the abbey cloisters using ‘voussoir’ and other stonework which had been discovered during the recent community excavations. The arch will be on permanent display in the Winchester Museum early in 2019. Further details on
https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/news/archaeological-treasures-hyde-abbey-be-displayed-winchester-city-museum

The Cloister arch display was previewed before its move to Winchester Museum in 2019

The Hyde900 marquees were frequently at capacity

 

See the downloadable banner showing the major finds of the 2018 dig and the revised outline of the cloister on the basis of the refectory walls

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