King Alfred Weekend 2018

We are already getting excited about the KING ALFRED WEEKEND 25-28 October 2018.

Here’s what the draft programme is looking like currently. A full final programme will be issued in June. One or two additional items might be added. Others need to be confirmed.
Our big theme is the conclusion of World War One and the experiences of those who died from Hyde.

(Please click on the date to see the draft programme.)


18.00 Launch event/Drinks Reception followed by

18.30 Alan Lovell reviews the work of Hampshire Cultural Trust

19.00 King Alfred Lecture: Dr Simon Roffey examines the role of the medieval monasteries

18.30 HYDE SOLDIERS 1918 community commemoration followed by celebratory reception (19.30-23.00) in Hyde Parish Hall

Saturday morning 


10.00-11.00 Researching military history and military careers – lessons from Hyde Soldiers

11.00- 12.00 Researching Winchester’s prison histories – inspired by the Bridewell story


Saturday Lunchtime

12.00-13.00 AGM with guest speaker , reports on 2018 activities, announcement of plans for 2019, ‘Open Forum discussion’ to seek feedback, ideas etc.

13.00- 14.00 Buffet lunch to ‘Meet the Committee’


Saturday afternoon


  • HOW WARS END: John Andrews of The Economist reviews how wars have ended from Korea to Ukraine
  • THOMAS HARDY, WESSEX AND THE POETRY OF THE BOER WAR: Chris Mann, (Emeritus Professor of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa), discusses the poems written by Thomas Hardy which were inspired by the Anglo-Boer War.
  • HOW ABBEYS BECAME MYTHOLOGISED Emma Clery of Southampton University discusses how late 18th century England became fascinated by the mystique of the monastery
  • WHAT THE COUNTY BRIDEWELL STORY TELLS US ABOUT JUSTICE AROUND the 1800s: How the County Bridewll records give us insights into crime and punishment in Hampshire n Georgian and Victorian times.

Guided tours of the Hyde Abbey precincts 14.15 and 15.15 (including one for families)


Saturday evening


19.30 Saturday Evening: St. Bart’s

CABINET OF LIVING CINEMA ‘KINGDOM OF PAUL NASH’ – Live music to accompany an animation of war artist Paul Nash’s followed by

21.00 Candle-lit procession to King Alfred's Grave - Short Reading and service: Aethelweard's testimony on Alfred's Greatness

Sunday Lunchtime in the Hyde Tavern

Local artists Kate Theodore and Sophie Cunningham Dawe respond in sound and visuals to Hyde Abbey stones and recent discoveries from the cloisters site as part of the Hampshire Cultural Trust's Big Theme 2018 'Creative Genius'


Sunday Morning

9.30 St Bart’s Church – Annual King Alfred Service


Sunday afternoon

Guided tours of the Hyde Abbey precincts 14.15 and 15.15

15.00- 16.00 Hampshire Writers read poems inspired by the Hyde Soldiers project and the Centenary of the First World War Armistice

16.15 Concluding Tea Party