King Alfred Weekend – October 2018

datePosted on 13:12, September 10th, 2018

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.

Printable version of the programme

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