Heritage Open Days 2023

datePosted on 14:14, September 8th, 2023

Hyde900 returns to the Cathedral’s Inner Close for Heritage Open Days

Hyde900 will once again be taking an active part in this year’s Heritage Open Days from Friday afternoon, September 8th, to Sunday, September 10th. As in previous years, the Hyde900 event will be sited in the Inner Close, adjacent to the Winchester Cathedral offices.
This year’s national Heritage Open Days’ theme is entitled “Creativity Unwrapped”.  In keeping with this, Hyde900 will be offering the ever-popular medieval tile-making workshops and also hosting two of the Winchester Cathedral calligraphers, who will be giving a demonstration followed by a chance for participants to have a go themselves.  Hyde900 is delighted that Professor Ryan Lavelle will be giving a short talk, on Saturday 9th, entitled “Playing Happy Families? Anglo-Saxon kings and queens in the Liber Vitae of Hyde Abbey.”  There will also be an opportunity to have a look at a copy of this very significant book, the Liber Vitae (“Book of Life”).

All these bookable, but free, events can be found on the Heritage Open Days website: www.heritageopendays.org.uk (enter “hyde900” in the keywords search box).

In addition to the bookable events, some of the very exciting archaeological finds from recent Hyde900 Community Digs will be on display, along with lots of information about Hyde Abbey which once stood just to the north of the city centre until its dissolution in 1538. Experts from the archaeology, heritage and conservation sectors will be on hand throughout the weekend to chat to visitors about this important 12th century Abbey and other associated topics.

Although all of the bookable sessions are currently full, names can be added to a waiting list and Hyde900 advises visitors to check for returns on the day.

A beakhead, discovered in the 2022 Community Dig, which will have formed part of the entrance doorway to the medieval abbey

Tile-making workshop in action

Detail of fired and glazed tiles

Calligraphy detail

A page from the Liber Vitae, the “Book of Life”

For more information on the Heritage Open Days event contact:
Mike Caldwell on 07836 708167 or email: [email protected]

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