Heritage Open Days 2020

Medieval tile making – Progress report

Despite the problems of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to report that the tiles made by over 80 tilemakers at the September Hyde900 Heritage Open Days event have now been glazed and fired. We can also report that the level of tile making expertise has improved with fewer losses in the firing process than ever before.

This year we have arranged that your tiles can be collected from a central Winchester location. As soon as COVID-19 regulations allow this we will be in contact with you by email or phone.

LATE NEWS! 1700 Wednesday: Due to cancellation 8 spaces are now available Thursday/Friday!

Once again Hyde900 will be supporting the Winchester Heritage Open Day events with “in person” tile making which takes full account of the limitations imposed by the current pandemic. By kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral, the event will take place in the precinct of the Cathedral and will feature the opportunity not only to make a tile in the medieval manner, but also to view the finds from recent excavations in gardens on the site of Hyde Abbey.

Visitors who have booked for tile making will have the opportunity of choosing from a selection of patterns to use in the free tile making workshop, open for all ages to take part. For a fee they  can also have their tiles fired and glazed for collection early in 2021.

Workshops need to be booked in advance HERE. The display will showcase the finds from the Hyde900 community digs on the site of the cloisters of Hyde Abbey. This will include further amazing finds associated with the stunning Norman cloister arch from the original build of the abbey now displayed in the adjacent Winchester museum. There will be a display of finds of encaustic tiles from the dig and others discovered in the past within the precincts of Hyde Abbey.

Covid19 Considerations – This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

If you or any member of your household are feeling unwell or exhibiting any symptoms of Covid19, please stay at home.

One way systems will be in place with social distancing required throughout. Hand sanitiser will be available at the entry and exit from the event.

Additional Information – Hyde900 are limiting the number of people to each workshop to 4, this may be increased to 6 depending on Covid19 guidance. Tile making takes about 1 hour. Refreshments, toilets and baby changing/breast feeding area are available at the Cathedral Refectory

Due to the limitations of social distancing, there will be more limited tuition on the tile making process. Those planning to make a tile are recommended to watch Diana Hall’s video HERE. In order to comply with Track and Trace guidelines all visitors to the display will be required to provide personal details on behalf of themselves or their group.

Opening Times

Thursday 17 September: 10:00-16:00 (workshops 10.30, 11.30, 13.30, 14.30)

Friday 18 September: 10:00-16:00 (workshops 10.30, 11.30, 13.30, 14.30)

Saturday 19 September: 10:00-16:00 (workshops 10.30, 11.30, 13.30, 14.30)

Sunday 20 September: 10:00-16:00 (workshops 10.30, 11.30, 13.30, 14.30)