King Alfred Weekend group

The King Alfred Weekend is Hyde900’s annual showcase of the projects it has undertaken in bringing to light the heritage and talents of Hyde and its community.

King Alfred Weekend 2018

datePosted on 13:12, September 10th, 2018 by Rahsan Spurling

King Alfred Weekend Programme October 25-28 Now Published and Booking is Open!


We are delighted to publish the details of this year’s KING ALFRED WEEKEND 25-28th October which marks the 1119th anniversary of the king’s death and 908 years since he was buried in Hyde Abbey.

For this year we have a very varied line-up with a strong focus on our commemoration of the men from Hyde who were killed in the First World War. Also, for the first time, we look at the story of the County Bridewell (prison) which was built directly over the nave of the abbey church in 1788. It survived for over60 years and played an important – but sad – part in local life.

Leading off on the evening of Thursday 25th October is our annual King Alfred Lecture which is delivered this year by Dr. Simon Roffey of Winchester University who will be discussing ‘what did the monasteries ever do for us?’ On Friday night will be our big Hyde Soldiers commemoration of the 1918 Armistice with a party to match. On Saturday and Sunday there will be local history workshops dedicated to investigating the lives of servicemen and women together with 18th and 19th century Hampshire convicts. And on Saturday evening there will be an extraordinary film about war artist Paul Nash accompanied by live music from the Cabinet of Living Cinema, a highly regarded group from London. There will also be lectures on Thomas Hardy, the romantic legacy of the monasteriesin the 18th century and the Bridewell story. And for Hyde900 members – on Saturday lunchtime – there will be an innovative Annual General Meeting to be addressed by the Reverend Canon Doctor Roland Reim, Vice-Dean & Canon Chancellor Winchester Cathedral and a chance to meet the Hyde900 Committee.

So don’t miss out on the interest and excitement.

All priced events come at a standard £5 (£4 for Hyde900 members Under 16s Free) but many events are free. We strongly advise that both priced tickets and free reserved places should be booked in advance online or alternatively, if easier, phone 01962 864487.

Printable version of the programme

To see the programme and book


King Alfred Weekend 2016 Update

datePosted on 12:27, November 13th, 2016 by Rahsan Spurling

Encaustic Tile Workshop – November 2016

Griffin tile found at the Hyde Abbey site

Griffin tile found at the Hyde Abbey site

Some 24 apprentice medieval tile makers ranging in ages between 5 and 75 got their hands dirty taking part in this year’s King Alfred Weekend tile workshops.

The four workshop sessions gave people an opportunity of trying their hand at tile making in an authentic medieval manner. The workshops were ably run by artist Kate Arnold – who had recently produced stunning drawings for the programme to accompany the very successful Hyde900 performances of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis – and who took her apprentices though the patterned encaustic tile making process. She had previously produced the “stamps”, carved from well seasoned beech. The two patterns were based on finds of tiles from the Hyde abbey site. Together with “frames” and a bow cutter these were used to create the tiles using raw clay kindly supplied by Michelmersh Brick and Tile Company.

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King Alfred Weekend 2016

datePosted on 14:32, September 8th, 2016 by Rahsan Spurling

The King Alfred Weekend

The King Alfred Weekend is Hyde900’s annual showcase of the projects it has undertaken in bringing to light the heritage and talents of Hyde and its community.

This year there is an exceptionally rich and varied mix. We begin by commemorating the casualties from Hyde in 1916, the year of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland and then move back one thousand years to consider the state of the English language at the time of King Alfred, whose remains still lie on the site of Hyde Abbey.

What’s left of the abbey itself is then exposed and discussed in a number of specialist sessions before a celebration of the links between Hyde and Shakespeare through a performance of his most distinguished poem, ‘Venus & Adonis’ . We will be talking about our plans to do more to interpret the Hyde Abbey site and giving a chance to our friends and supporters to contribute to our future strategy at the Annual General Meeting. We are particularly delighted this year to welcome Mr Alan Lovell, Chair of Hampshire Cultural Trust and a key partner for Hyde900, to outline his vision of what the future might hold for Winchester as a world-class heritage venue.

If you are a local resident or interested in this unique corner of Winchester then the King Alfred Weekend is an exceptional opportunity to get under the surface of what lies locally and discover more than you might imagine.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Steve Marper
Chair, Hyde900

See the information boards from 2016 `King Alfred` exhibition

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