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2017 The series of events and activities to expand understanding of HYDE ABBEY.

Project Space 2017 – Visual Arts

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Hyde900 Project Space 2017

Artists – apply for bursaries now!

Each year since 2010, Hyde900 has worked with visual artists to produce a range of exhibitions and events. Extending this tradition, Project Space 2017 forms the visual arts element of Hyde900’s broader, Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Hyde Abbey – the Lost Minster of King Alfred the Great’ project and for the first time, is offering bursaries to artists.

Project Space will run over the summer with artists working publicly in the Hyde Abbey precinct, responding to its rich cultural heritage and the site as it is today. The artists’ process of research and development as well as the resulting finished work may be seen and engaged with by visitors. The aim is to produce visually interpretative and conceptually rigorous explorations of the Hyde Abbey story while considering its lasting significance. At the same time, contemporary artists’ working practice
will unfold. Documentation of the project will appear on the newly launching website in October as a long-term legacy.

Call to Artists

Hyde900 seeks high-calibre, research-led artists to submit proposals for 6 x £300 bursaries to research and respond to the narrative and site of ‘Hyde Abbey: Lost Minster of King Alfred the Great’ as part of the broader programme of events, walks and talks taking place in the abbey precinct in 2017.

 

Specifically, artists are asked to: 

  • choose either the first (26 Apr–26 Jul)
    or second (26 Jul–26 Oct) stage,
  • conduct visual research in the abbey precinct’s public spaces for an equivalent of 18 hours of their choosing over
    the stage,
  • *produce final display/ an installation/ intervention for exhibition at the end of
    their stage,
  • conceive and conduct a 2-hour
    public engagement activity, ideally during exhibition phase,
  • insure themselves and their work,
  • provide a risk assessment if necessary,
  • liaise with site stakeholders directly and seek permissions where required
  • provide a brief artist’s statement/journal and photographs to document progress, provide content for promotional activity to
    ultimately form an online legacy.

*Please note, the scale of artist’s projects should be commensurate with the overall 20-hour engagement and bursary, so while we seek proposals that are site-specific, challenging and ambitious in concept, we do not expect highly finished or high budget finished artworks for final exhibition, rather we expect works to be ephemeral, low tech and materially simple. Similarly, well-developed working stages would also be acceptable at final exhibition if they demonstrate in-depth research for a yet unrealised, larger scale work.

Artists may wish to collaborate with others,
e.g. writers or musicians. Artists are encouraged to engage with other Hyde900 activities, such as the community archaeological dig in late April or various talks and walks over the summer (see the website).

Artists might utilise one or more heritage aspects, such as: 

  • the Winchester School or style of illuminated manuscripts e.g. Benedictional of St Aethelwold (British Library), which was held at Hyde Abbey
  • Cnut and Emma’s cross – now lost
  • Abbot Aston’s crozier (V&A)
  • The Hyde capitals (St Bartholomew’s church/ Winchester Museum)
  • The Hyde Abbey seals and documents (Winchester College, Records office London etc)
  • Re-use of stones, timbers, glass and tiles (Hyde900/ Winchester Museum)
  • Anglo-Saxon pilgrimage and relics
  • Hyde Abbey monastic life
  • Archaeological processes – loss, recovery and re-imagining in Hyde
  • King Alfred the Great and family
  • Hyde900/BBC’s ‘Unmarked Grave and
    the Search for Alfred’ story

–    Secular life around the Abbey precinct

In order to explore broader themes, for example:

  • memory
  • cultural heritage
  • mortality
  • loss and remembrance
  • re-imagining
  • kingship/leadership
  • mortality
  • community
  • religious/secular relationship

How to apply?

Proposals must be lodged by midnight Thursday 20th April
Please see the Submission Guide in the
Visual Arts section of the website at www.hyde900.org.uk

 

Key dates

Thursday 20th April – submissions close at midnight

20th-25th April – selection committee will decide the 6 artists

26th  April – successful applicants will be contacted by email

26th April – 26th July – first 3 artists’ stage

27th-30th April – Community dig in Hyde

26th July – exhibition around this date and change over for artists

26th July – 26th October – second 3 artists’ stage

20th October – Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend, launch of ‘Hyde Abbey: Lost Minster of King Alfred the Great’ website including augmented reality, and final stage Project Space exhibition

26th October – project concludes

 

Further enquiries

Please email the project curator, Sophie Cunningham Dawe – [email protected]

 

Submission guide for artists

Please read the Call to Artists document for details of what is sought and note key dates.

Any queries please email the project curator, Sophie Cunningham Dawe – [email protected]

 

Proposals should include:

 

  1. Name
  2. Email address
  3. Which stage you are applying for :
    Stage 1:  26 April – 26 July
    Stage 2:  26 July – 26 October
  4. Describe your proposal (up to 500 words) indicating:
  5. which themes, activities and/or heritage aspects you wish to engage with;
  6. what outputs you envisage exhibiting for a two week show at the end of your stage;
  7. where these might be displayed e.g. Hyde Gate Chamber, the Darch Room in Hyde Parish Hall, St Bartholomew’s Church or grounds, other site/s in the precinct (subject to approval);
  8. idea for a public engagement activity.
  9. Please attach up to 4 low resolution images of recent or relevant work and/or link to online images or website.

To submit, please email your proposal to the project curator, Sophie Cunningham Dawe – [email protected] by midnight Thursday 20th April 2017

 

Key dates

8th April – optional briefing session

9th-20th April – submissions accepted, please see Hyde900 website

Thursday 20th April – submissions close at midnight

20th-25th April – selection committee will decide the 6 artists

26th  April – successful applicants will be contacted by email

26th April – 26th July – first 3 artists’ stage

27th-30th April – Community dig in Hyde

(please email the curator if you wish to be involved in this)

26th July – 2 week exhibition around this date and change over for artists

26th July – 26th October – second 3 artists’ stage

20th October – Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend, launch of ‘Hyde Abbey: Lost Minster of King Alfred the Great’ website including augmented reality, and final stage Project Space exhibition (2 week duration)

26th October – project concludes

Introductory resources

– Hyde900 website – www.hyde900.org.uk

– ‘Treasures of Hyde Abbey’ – http://hyde900.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/CUS0184-0334-treasures-of-hyde-abbey-web.pdf
– Hyde Abbey – http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol5/pp20-21 and http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/hants/vol2/pp116-122

– Winchester School or Style – https://www.britannica.com/art/Winchester-school

– ‘The Search for Alfred the Great’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03sbp73

– Abbey precinct overlay onto contemporary map – https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1J7bZi1CSKF7NgW-ecXtNnDSkRfQ&ll=51.06825551923861%2C-1.313171499999953&z=18

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Touring the Precincts

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Medieval Abbot Makes Re-appearance in Hyde Abbey, Winchester with help of local MP Steve Brine

HALMAG LogoNewly commissioned life-sized sculpture embodies story of abbey where King Alfred the Great lies buried St. Bartholomew’s Church, Winchester was packed on Friday evening [3rd March] for the unveiling by the Revd. Canon Cliff Banister assisted by local MP Steve Brine and the Deputy Mayor of Winchester David Mclean of a life sized sculpture in wood of 13th Century Abbot Walter de Aston.

The carving had been commissioned from the well-known St.Cross-based wood carver, Alex Jones by local heritage group Hyde900 as a way of embodying the story of Hyde Abbey (and its predecessor New Minster) where King Alfred the Great was buried.

“Abbot Aston presided over the abbey 1222-1248 about mid-way through the lifespan of New Minster/Hyde Abbey,” explained Hyde900 Chair, Steve Marper. “It was a very large, very affluent abbey but it is now almost entirely disappeared apart from St. Bartholomew’s which was its lay chapel. By commissioning this statue of Abbot Aston we are giving a human dimension to the story of the abbey. Our intention is that it should complement the Hammo Thornycroft figure of King Alfred in the Broadway so as to sum up the two dimensions of the abbey story – a royal burial place for Alfred and an important ecclesiastical establishment for Aston.”

Perfect timing…

Wood carver Alex Jones has an established reputation especially for producing extraordinary renditions of insects in wood often on a giant scale. His work is in a number of private and public collections and he is now in the process of creating a new body of work for his next exhibition. This will include life-sized human figures so he was delighted when he was approached by Hyde900 to undertake Aston. “It was perfect timing for me in term of how my work has been developing and wood is one of the best possible materials for carving people in,” he said. “In fact the walnut I’m using comes from a tree which also provided me with wood 25 years ago when I was doing a carving of a young boy. So there is a kind of continuity there.”

There are no known images of Aston so there was a creative challenge in deciding how he would be presented.

“Although Aston is a historical figure separated from us by 800 years I felt that he should also come across as someone who would be recognisable to us today because of the basic humanity which we all share,” said Jones. “I undertook a lot of research into what abbot Aston would have worn and also into the crozier which is holding which is modelled on a 13th century crozier from Hyde now in the Victoria & Albert Museum and which was quite possibly his. But I didn’t want it to be too stuck in the past – I also wanted to give it a contemporary spin.”

Abbot Aston is believed to have grown up locally in Hampshire – possibly in the Longparish area– but had to make his way up from the bottom. By being elected Abbot in 1222 he joined an elite group of ‘mitred’ abbots and the records show that he took part in great events of national significance.

Abbot Aston’s life and times were celebrated in St. Bartholomew’s during the Unveiling service through a series of performances and presentations. These included music by Index Cantorum, a reflection on the English language in the 13th century by Professor Christopher Mulvey of the English Project and poetry by local Hyde poets. Also featured was a two-hander short play, ‘Unforgettable’ by Jonathan Edgington which took a sideways look at Walter de Aston from a modern perspective.

Inspirational…

The surprise element in the evening was the appearance of Aston himself as played by actor Nigel Bradshaw who also served as the model for Alex Jones’ Aston figure. “Aston would have been a big personality, I’m sure, and the fact that Nigel is such a huge character in his own right helped me enormously in carving him – gruelling though he found it at times,” said Alex Jones.

Nigel Bradshaw says that modelling Abbot Aston and embodying a little known, but highly prominent character in medieval Winchester, who signed the re-issue of Magna Carta in 1225, who met kings, bishops and many significant players in the politics and fabric of 13thC England was an inspirational experience. “Through those ‘significant’ others, a picture of Walter emerges, illuminating with wonder the time in which he lived, here in Hyde, almost a thousand years ago,” says Bradshaw.

Serving as the model was not always easy especially as it involved enduring the application of a full face mask. “It was suffocating, illuminating and humbling,” he said. “To be ‘under wraps’, face incarcerated in plaster, waiting for the mound to set, as my grimace lines entombed themselves to eternity and panic spread – would the tiny straws set in my nose collapse? This was surely suffocation indeed! Humbling to realize, as Alex carved away at dear Walter, I  would remain, as his likeness, when shadows will no longer find me.”
Funding for the commissioning of Aston came from a variety of undertakings by Hyde900 over the past ten years including its involvement in the BBC2 programme ‘The Search for Alfred the Great’.

“We’ve been immensely fortunate in the way people have responded to our ideas and proposals,” commented Edward Fennell, the Hyde900 Founder.”The very large turn-out this evening including Steve Brine MP and Deputy Mayor David Mclean shows how interested people are in the Hyde Abbey King Alfred Story. The unveiling of Abbot Aston marks the opening of a new chapter for us with a whole series of projects planned for this year with the support of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It’s going to be a great year!”

Abbot Aston will be on display in St. Bartholomew’s for the near future but the intention is that it will move in due course to a secure location elsewhere in the Hyde Abbey precincts. “We’re very happy to give Abbot Aston temporary accommodation,” said the Revd Cannon Cliff Bannister. “He’s a valuable link to the medieval monastic community in Hyde to which the members of our congregation at St. Bartholomew’s are the successors.”

For more information on Hyde900’s programme for 2017 including a lecture series on the story of the abbey click HERE
For more on Alex Jones go to www.alexjones.co.uk
Media enquiries to Edward Fennell on 01962 868581, [email protected]

 

Timeline Hyde Abbey History

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A Short History of New Minster/Hyde Abbey from 901-1538

HALMAG Logo901 The abbey of the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Peter of the New Minster is established by King Edward the Elder on land north of Old Minster purchased by King Alfred for this purpose shortly before his death. The aim is to create a centre of learning and a royal mausoleum for the Wessex royal dynasty.

903 Grimbald, a widely respected scholar, is appointed first abbot. King Alfred is buried in the church. The church is generously endowed with lands and wealth. It acquires the relics of St. Josse (also called St. Judoc).

903-960s New Minster is in the hands of ‘lay canons’ and discipline become increasingly slack.

964 Under the influence of the reforming King Edgar, the lay canons are expelled and monks observing the Benedictine rule arrive from Abingdon in their place. A beautiful charter is issued by the king to the New Minster written entirely in gold to confirm its new status.

1030s New Minster is a beneficiary of King Cnut and Queen Emma’s largesse and patronage. A very valuable ‘Gold Cross’ and important relics are presented as a sign of the royal favour.

1066 Abbot Alwyn fights alongside his nephew King Harold at the battle of Hastings. He and his companion monks are killed. Subsequently some of the wealth of the abbey is confiscated as a penalty by William the Conqueror.
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LAND HOLDINGS OF NEW MINSTER IN HAMPSHIRE AT THE TIME OF THE CONQUEST
Brown Candover, Woodmancote, Fullerton in Wherwell, Leckford, Micheldever, Cranbourne, Drayton in Barton Stacey, West Stratton, East Popham, Abbot’s Worthy, Alton, Worting, Bighton, Bedhampton, Lomer in Corhampton, Warnford, Lickpit in Basing, North Stoneham, Kingsclere, Tatchbury in Eling, Abbots Anne, and Laverstoke.

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1110 With the construction of the new and enormous Norman cathedral, the New Minster is pulled down and the community of monks moves to a new site in Hyde – called the Danemede – taking the royal coffins, their treasures and relics with them. A ‘raft’ of clay is laid down to give stability to a very large church building.
1141 The abbey falls victim to a fire started by soldiers (based in Wolvesey Castle) of Henry of Blois, the Bishop of Winchester during the protracted fight in the city between the supporters of King Stephen and his rival, the Empress Matilda. There is massive destruction in the monastery including the loss of the Gold Cross of Cnut. This leads to a long-running feud between Hyde Abbey and the bishop and a strained relationship which would endure for many years.
1182 Following more than forty years of wrangling and attempts to raise money the reconstruction of the abbey commences aided by the ‘miraculous’ appearance of St. Barnabas within the precincts. Thereafter the cult of St.Barnabas becomes very popular with pilgrims to the abbey. John Suthill is elected as abbot and will preside over it until 1222 during which time the abbey becomes increasingly prosperous despite the problems which arose during the reign of King John.
1222-1248 Local boy Walter de Aston is abbot. During this period Magna Carta is definitively reissued by Henry III, witnessed by Aston, and the Great Hall of Winchester castle is rebuilt in its current form. Also, now or shortly afterwards, the abbot’s crozier now in the Victoria & Albert Museum is acquired by the abbey.
1267 An ‘international incident’ occurs while Abbot William of Worcester is hosting the papal legate, Otho, for Christmas. The legate is accompanied by a large retinue, all of whom have to be entertained and given hospitality. The stress of Christmas entertaining tells and violence breaks out between the servants of the abbot and those of the legate.
1307 In the year in which Edward II comes to the throne the Abbot of Hyde, Geoffrey of Ferringes, buys the Tabard Inn in Southwark, not far from the Bishop of Winchester’s palace, as his London base and as a hostel for pilgrims en route to Canterbury. Seventy-five years later the Tabard features as the opening setting for The Canterbury Tales. The abbot retains the Tabard until its confiscation by Henry VIII in the 1530s.
1318 The Bishop of Winchester, John Sandale, writes to the abbot, William of Odiham, exhorting him to exercise greater authority over his monks ensuring that they no longer neglect their meditation and their claustral duties.
1325 Following a formal visitation by the Bishop of Winchester, decrees are issued which suggest that discipline within the abbey has become very lax, duties are being neglected and scandalous behaviour has been observed among some of the monks.
1347 The abbey and its great estates are devastated by the Black Death. The Abbey is forced to turn to the Bishop of Winchester for assistance – it does not recover for well over a decade.
1377 King Richard II borrows the sum of £50 from the abbey.
1446 Abbot Thomas Bramley is one of the distinguished signatories to the final foundation charter of Eton College. A major fire destroys the abbey’s great bell-tower with its eight bells.
1522 Injunctions are issued by the Bishop of Winchester which reveal a range of irregularities in the running of the abbey including some of the younger monks practising long-bow archery in the Hyde meadows.
1530 John Salcot, an academic and an active supporter of King Henry VIII’s campaign to divorce Katherine of Aragon, is elected as abbot. In the mid-1530s the abbey is assessed as being the richest ecclesiastical establishment in Winchester after the cathedral. The community of monks, however, is dwindling.
1538 In September, agents of the king, including Thomas Wriothesley (later to become 1st Earl of Southampton and grandfather of the 3rd Earl, Shakespeare’s patron) , arrive to close down the abbey and acquire it for the king, pensioning off the abbot and the monks. Salcot moves on to continue his career as Bishop of Salisbury. Hyde Abbey is give on a short lease to Wriothesley who rapidly pulls it down, destroying relics and ransacking graves (including, probably, those of Kings Alfred and Edward). All riches are seized. The life of the abbey comes to an end.

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Hyde Abbey: Lecture series 2017

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Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund we are delighted to present an exciting series of lectures liked to the story of New Minster and Hyde Abbey. All lectures are free but the number of seats is limited so you are advised to book early.
All lectures (EXCEPT Saturday 21st October) take place on Thursdays, commencing at 7.30 in the West Side Lecture Theatre, School of Art, Park Avenue, Winchester

 

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Professor Barbara Yorke30 March 2017 – Thursday

FREE ENTRY with registration

The Last Days of Alfred and the Building of New Minster
Speaker: Professor Barbara Yorke (University of Winchester)

The creation of the institution that became New Minster and subsequently Hyde Abbey stems from the final year or so of King Alfred’s reign and the intentions that he might have transmitted to his son King Edward the Elder. There is certainly a strong view that Alfred and his son wanted to create a dynastic church for their royal family. But was this a home-grown vision or did it owe a debt to the precedent set by Charlemagne and the kings in Paris?

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DrSimonRoffey20 April 2017 – Thursday

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The architectural evolution of the medieval monastery
Speaker: Dr. Simon Roffey (University of Winchester)

This illustrated lecture will examine the architectural evolution of the medieval monastery with reference to key examples. The first part of the lecture will look at the early development of monasticism from the early communities of the ‘desert fathers’ through to the Benedictine models of the later medieval period. It will consider the nature of medieval monastic life and liturgy and how this was reflected in the form and fabric of monasteries. The second part of the session will pay particular attention to the architectural development of monasticism in Winchester in the period c 900- 1250. The lecture is suitable for those who have no prior knowledge of the medieval monastery as well as those who have a general interest in monasticism and the archaeology of Winchester.

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ProfessorDavidHinton

25 May 2017 – Thursday

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Winchester, the Winchester School and art in late Anglo-Saxon England
Speaker: Professor David Hinton (Southampton University)

Although Wessex seems to have played little part in the cultural development of the first centuries of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England, it came to the fore during the expansion of the kingdom in the ninth century. Winchester itself emerged as a major centre for manuscript, textile and metalwork production, giving its name to a distinctive artistic style. Meanwhile, excavation – principally in the cathedral cemetery – has produced a corpus of sculpture. It is not usually possible to distinguish between different workshops within the city but, without question, the New Minster played an important part in this work.

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drCarolinessemiles29 June 2017 – Thursday

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Language, Devotion, Performance in the Medieval Church
Speaker: Carolin Esser-Miles (Winchester University)

The origins of drama in the British isles could be said to have developed out of the New Minster (the fore-runner of Hyde Abbey) in the tenth century when it was presided over by Aethelwold, a towering figure in the history of English monasticism. But where did it go from there?

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28 September 2017 – Thursday

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The Dissolution of the Monasteries in Hampshire
Speaker: Dr. John Hare (Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries)

The Dissolution of the Monasteries saw both the most extensive redistribution of land since the Norman Conquest and, for many people, was one of the most dramatic episodes in the English Reformation. This talk will look at both these developments: the state of the monasteries on the eve of the Dissolution, what was done with the buildings, and the impact on landownership. It will focus on two case studies: of Hyde abbey and of Thomas Wriothesley. The latter was the greatest beneficiary of the land transfer in Hampshire, who briefly held Hyde, and the remains of whose great house at Titchfield still provides a dramatic reminder of the impact of the Dissolution and of the creation of a new great aristocratic family.

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ProfessorjohncollisSaturday 21st October 2017 

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The development of archaeology in Hyde and Winchester
Speaker: Professor John Collis (University of Sheffield)

Professor Collis has strong personal links with Winchester and has first hand of experience working in some of the key sites in the city. He will review the way that archaeology has evolved locally over the past forty years and explain some of the trail-blazing work that has been undertaken in our area.

NOTE: This lecture will be at 7.30 in St. Bartholomew’s Church, King Alfred Place as part of the King Alfred Weekend festival.

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Community Archaeology 2017

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Hyde900 Community Archaeology

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Aided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sponsors, Hyde900 is able to offer an enhanced programme in 2017

Hyde900 is in the privileged position of having a number of prized sites for excavation literally on our doorstep. And we also have a number of local householders more than happy to have their gardens dug over to discover what lies beneath. It presents the kind of opportunities that Time Team could only dream about!

Last year with the help of WARG and forty volunteers – many of whom were getting their hands dirty archaeologically for the first time ever – we excavated a garden in Alswitha Terrace. And we got a result! To our great satisfaction we discovered, on the final day of the dig, the ‘robbed out’ (as archaeologists describe it) wall of the lost South transept of the church – exposed for the first time since the Dissolution of the monastery in 1538. We weren’t totally surprised to find it there but by establishing its exact location we have added significantly to the sum of precise knowledge about the abbey establishment.

To read the full story of the 2016 dig please click here

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns and local MP Steve Brine sieve for small finds  at the 2016 dig with dig advisor David Ashby looking on

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns and local MP Steve Brine sieve for small finds at the 2016 dig with dig advisor David Ashby looking on

A junior digger working on Trench 2 of the 2016 excavations

A junior digger working on Trench 2 of the 2016 excavations

2016 excavations in full swing

2016 excavations in full swing

The robbed out wall of the south transept revealed in the 2016 dig

The robbed out wall of the south transept revealed in the 2016 dig

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Involved

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns (left) interviewing householder Justine Field with Southampton Video Camera Club members Howard Blake and Karen wielding the equipment

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns (left) interviewing householder Justine Field with Southampton Video Camera Club members Howard Blake and Karen  Barter wielding the equipment

Coming up shortly, the Second Annual Hyde900 Community Excavation will take place between 27 and 30 April 2017. The locations this year are in a pair of adjoining gardens in King Alfred Terrace belonging to Chris Prior and his wife Ann (at Number 14) and Justine Field (Number 15) . Material has already come up from the earth which strongly suggests that this area has strong potential for a number of different types of find. There is speculation that the south cloister of the abbey along with other buildings was roughly in this area. But exactly what will be turned up remains to be seen – that’s the exciting element of a dig. You can never quite tell what you will – or won’t – discover.

Currently the plan is that no less than four separate areas will be excavated with the work being undertaken by a combination of experienced archaeologists and local volunteers. As with the 2016 dig, there will be 2 hour slots for diggers, sievers and finds-processors and recorders to work under the supervision of WARG. In total there should be opportunities for more than 100 volunteers of all ages to take part. This means that we are keen to welcome new people – from school-children to the retired pensioner – to get involved for the first time. It requires concentration but it is a very sociable activity and holds out the possibility of a really exciting discovery.
An exciting new development this year is the filming of the event. Courtesy of Southampton Video Camera club the cameras will be there to record the highs and lows of the excavation – and to see yourself on youtube and our website as the dig progresses.
Hyde900 is grateful to our partners WARG and to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Winchester City Council, Adam Architecture and local estate agents, Belgarum for the support to enable these events to take place. Bookings will open on March 30th.

To register or just find out more about the 2017 Community Excavation Project please click here

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Hyde900 Community Archaelogy Announcement

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Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter Announces Further Plans for Community Archaeology by Hyde900 in 2017

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter accepts personalised sieve from David Spurling, HYDE900’s Community Archaeology organiser, to mark her sign-up to next year’s dig

Taking centre-stage at the recent Hyde900 King Alfred Weekend exhibition was a display of finds from the community archaeology project undertaken earlier this year in a garden in King Alfred Place, Hyde. This revealed, among other things, the site of Hyde Abbey church’s south transept.

Following this success Mayor Jane Rutter announced on behalf of Hyde900, that there will be a further community excavation project in 2017 when work will commence on investigating two adjoining gardens in King Alfred Terrace. The Mayor was the first to sign up for the excavation, and was presented with a personalised sieve for her use by event organiser David Spurling.

Event organiser David Spurling, Westgate pupil Ben Holliday in the pit, with Steve Brine, and WARG supervisors Techer Jones and Don Bryan looking on

Event organiser David Spurling, Westgate pupil Ben Holliday in the pit, with Steve Brine,David Ashby, University of Winchester,  and WARG supervisors Techer Jones and Don Bryan looking on

Hyde900 Community Dig April 27th to 30th 2017

“We already have extensive material which has surfaced on the site thanks to the work of local resident Chris Prior who contacted us when he discovered a number of interesting stone while preparing the ground for his vegetable plot,” explained Hyde900’s David Spurling.

“An examination by Ross Lovett, formerly the head mason and conservator at Winchester Cathedral confirmed that the stone dated from the Norman period and also included high quality Purbeck stone which is thought to come from the interior of the abbey establishment.

We now plan to work with WARG next year to explore Chris Prior’s garden more thoroughly and also that of the next door neighbour Justine Field. We think that this could reveal for the first time detailed information about the south side of the abbey cloister.”

Hyde900 is delighted to announce that the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Belgarum Estate Agents and Winchester City Council.

Steve Brine with Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns sieving the spoil from the excavation looking for remains of the abbey church during the inaugural  2016 community dig

Steve Brine with Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns sieving the spoil from the excavation looking for remains of the abbey church during the inaugural 2016 community dig

The Hyde900 community archaeology project 2017 is scheduled for the 27th to 30th of April

At the exhibition the first to register to take part in the dig was the mayor of Winchester followed swiftly by local MP Steve Brine.

People of all ages who want to join them and get a sense of what might be called the ‘Time Team Experience’ can now register their interest.

There will be plenty of opportunities for local people – and those from further afield – to take part.

No prior experience is required.

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