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Community Dig 2018

datePosted on 10:01, December 31st, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

The Hyde900 Community Dig returns for 2018!

The dates for your diary are April 27th to 30th

For the third annual Community Dig, we have been invited back to numbers 14 and 15 King Alfred Terrace (courtesy of Chris and Anne Prior, and Justine Field), as well as a completely new area at number 10 King Alfred Terrace (thanks to Chris Scott), to continue the exciting excavation of the abbey cloisters.

In 2017 the finds proved to be of international significance, and the display of part of a stone arch of the Norman cloister is destined for Winchester Museum.

Those who attended last year’s dig may remember that the stones from the Norman arch were found in an area next to the shed at number 14. Chris Prior will be moving the shed to allow us to explore the medieval wall and paved area that continued underneath it. Altogether there will be at least four new sites to excavate, all in the expected area of the Norman cloisters, so we are anticipating a fascinating dig.

Once again, Winchester Archaeological and Local History Group (WARG) will be providing a full roster of supervisors for all stages – digging, sieving, finds processing and recording, together with the equipment. David Ashby of the University of Winchester returns as advisor to the dig, and we are also extremely lucky that Dr John Crook, Consultant Archaeologist to Winchester Cathedral, will be with us again for the event.

We are delighted to be sponsored again by Belgarum Estate Agents, and we look forward to welcoming their Managing Director, John Leeson, back once more to open the dig.

As before, the cameras will be there courtesy of Solent Moviemakers to record the highs and lows of the excavation. There will be a daily blog which will enable you to see all the action on the website as the dig progresses.

Bookings will open March 1, but click here to register to ensure you are kept up to date with developments and receive priority when booking.


Reconstruction of the cloister arcade of Hyde Abbey (Photo Mike Caldwell)

Reconstruction of the cloister arcade of Hyde Abbey (Photo Mike Caldwell)

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Hyde Abbey Historical Anecdotes

datePosted on 10:40, November 28th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling
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Touring the Abbey

datePosted on 15:24, November 25th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

Map of Location Points for the Contemporary Video Tour

Please click on the location number to complete the tours

 

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icon_3Voting is now OPEN!

We have applied for an AVIVA Community Grant for £1000 to help fund the 2018 Hyde900 Community Dig.

Whilst the dig can proceed without this money through sponsorship and other income, being awarded this grant will enable us to maintain the low cost of participating, and ensure we can continue to offer free places for all under 18 years old.

If you would like to see our project application please click HERE.

In this category grants are made for the first 200 projects which reach 1000 votes.

Each person has 10 votes – but you can cast them all at the same time, so it’s nice and easy.

Please click here to register/log in and vote for our project.

We have sharable posts over on Facebook and Twitter – and if you would like an email template to send around to your family, friends and colleagues simply click on this link to download the word document and copy and paste.

Every single vote counts – after voting, please help us spread the word to as many people as possible…

Thank you for your support!

Hyde900 Team

 

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Upcoming Events

datePosted on 00:03, September 18th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

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‘Bare Ruin’d Choirs’

The Story of Hyde Abbey from Foundation to Dissolution

22 October 2017 / Sunday

Meet in the Abbey gateway, King Alfred Place, at 11:30

Following on from previous guided walks, this new tour explains not only the location of the abbey buildings, but also more of the abbey area’s sometimes troubled history, both pre and post dissolution. This includes the 2013 Unmarked Grave project as televised on BBC2, and the background to the dramatic community dig findings that will be revealed on 20th October during the King Alfred weekend.
There is no charge for these walks, but advance booking is required.

Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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To book your FREE space please click here

 

 

 


‘Breaking the Rule’
Monkish Misconduct in Hyde Abbey

22 October 2017 / Sunday

Meet in the Abbey gateway, King Alfred Place, at 15:00

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As well as touring the abbey site, the walk includes a fascinating insight into a part of abbey life that is quite different from the usual, expected, fairly austere round of quiet devotion, prayer and study. Included in this tour is the story of Hyde Abbey fighting against the bishop as they took different sides in the civil war for the throne between William the Conqueror’s quarrelling grandchildren, Stephen and Matilda. Hear how later, at least two future bishops were officially to admonish the abbots for their monks’ decidedly un-pious behaviour! Learn too how the monks were repeatedly in trouble for breaking the monastic rules and how one abbot was even paid to stay away from the abbey.
There is no charge, but advance booking is required.
Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Just announced!

datePosted on 17:27, July 18th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

Jane Austen, Money and the Hyde Connection

A joint lecture by Professor Emma Clery (Univerity of Southampton, Department of English Literature) and Helen Paul (University of Southampton, Department of Economics)
Date and Time: Thursday 21st September at 7.30 PM

Venue: The West Side Lecture Theatre,School of Art, Park Avenue

This is a FREE lecture but you need to register in order to secure a guaranteed seat.

To book your FREE seat please click here

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Meeting Miss Austen premiere

datePosted on 12:12, June 8th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

Winchester festival_Austen

 

The premiere of Meeting Miss Austen by local writer Cecily O’Neill is part of this year’s Winchester Festival. Last year Hyde900 presented her adaptation of Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis as part of the 2016 Winchester Festival.

Meeting Miss Austen is inspired by Jane Austen’s teenage depictions of love, loss, vice and victuals. Alcoholic Alice, snobbish Lady Greville, food-obsessed Charlotte and Lovelorn Tom foreshadow the great comic characters of Austen’s mature novels.

Performances: July 8th –  8pm & July 9th – 3pm
Tickets: £10 (under 18’s- £5)
Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
Telephone: 01962 857276

Website:http://winchesterfestival.co.uk/

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April 30 Day – Day 4

datePosted on 18:11, April 30th, 2017 by David Spurling

April 30 – Day Four

The writer must apologise for the lack of written updates since Day One. His (inadequate) excuses include the unexpected number of participants in the dig (130 versus the – what we felt would be challenging – target of 100), the level of media interest (features on Solent Radio, visits to site for filming by ITV and That’s Solent TV), and of course the totally amazing and  unexpected outcomes  of the dig itself. The complexity of what was revealed had the writer and John Crook’s pcs working overtime – the understanding aided by such experienced archeologists visiting the site with much valuable background from the time of the abbey excavations. Hyde900 would like to thank in particular s Steve Teague (of Oxford Archaeology)  and Paul McCulloch, Regional Manager, Pre-Construct Archaeology Ltd, both local Winchester residents,  for their insights and comments. A full press release will be issued at 12.00 on May  1.

In the absence of the scribes efforts Hyde900 Associate Dave Stewart has uploaded video clips and the occasional photo which charted the ups and downs of the dig, including these photos and videos of the final day of the dig, giving some indication of what was to be the conclusion of an eventful 4 days. More later.

Stuart Rippon talks to John Crook about what has been found in trench 3:

 

Steve Taylor gives two of the dig participants and update of what has been found in trench 6:

 

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Richard Jones, ITN Meridian news journalist, filming proceedings at a crowded Dig Open Day

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April 29 – Day Three

datePosted on 20:11, April 28th, 2017 by David Spurling

April 29 Day Three

News and videos for day three.

Dr John Crook gives a morning update of activity in trench No. 6:

 

Dr John Crook with a morning update of activity in trench No. 3:

 

Dr John Crook gives an update of activity in trench No. 7 this morning:

 

Interview with Steve Teague:

Local MP Steve Brine with his son and daughter using the sieve presented to him when visiting the 2016 King Alfred Weekend

Local MP Steve Brine with his son and daughter using the sieve presented to him when visiting the 2016 King Alfred Weekend

 

 

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April 28 Day – Day 2

datePosted on 14:17, April 28th, 2017 by David Spurling

April 28 – Day Two

Its day two, and things are get interesting. Deepening of the trenches have seen the discovery of interesting artifacts and feratures. See the videos below for interviews with the dig participants today.

David Spurling interviews Dr John Crook about some of the finds made this morning:

Interview with Justine on of the house owners:

 Edward Fennel interviews Dr John Crook in the early afternoon:

Edward Fennel interviews Colin, one of the volunteer diggers:

 Edward Fennel interviews Colin, one of the volunteer diggers:

As the video clips show, the day was the familiar roller coaster of experiences typical of a Day 2. Was it archaeology, or just some builders rubble? was it medieval walling. or just demolition material? The roller coater was in full operation as we cycled between the periods. what was undeniable was that the 50 participants over the day – some as young ad 5, all hororoughly enjoyed, what was for a lot of them, their first experience of archaeology. A quick check of feedback forms showed most wanted to take part in another dig within 6 months.

This coincided with offers from no less than two house holders in King Alfred Terrace offering us their garden sfo digging – or did they just want the vegetable patch dug?

Star finds included two fragments of medieval encaustic tile, much to the delight of Dave Stewart, the Hyde900 medieval tile expert

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