Welcome to Hyde900

Hyde900 is a community project in Winchester, Hampshire, to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey. For more details see the "What is Hyde900?" page.


Please click HERE to access the Dig Participant Guide

Please click HERE for the 2020 Hyde900 Community Dig Site Map


We would recommend that you join Hyde900 as this will enable you be alerted to future digs – and the many other exciting events put on by Hyde900.

For more information about participating in the dig click here


Hyde900 have organised a further community dig event to take place October 22nd to 25th to coincide with the Council of British Archaeology Festival of Archaeology and Hyde900’s annual King Alfred Weekend. Extensive COVID-19 mitigation measures are in place to make this as safe an experience as possible, and the dig meets government guidelines in full. However local and national guidelines may change at any time prior to the dig which might lead to its postponement. In this case all those booked will be contacted immediately.

Due to these restrictions the number of places on the dig this year is severely restricted, so we advise booking as soon as possible.

The cost per 2 hour session is £12 unless you are a member of Hyde900, in which case the cost is £8Children 11 and under are free.

Membership of Hyde900 costs £10/year for individual members£15/year for households.

We would recommend that you join Hyde900 as this will enable you be alerted to future digs – and the many other exciting events put on by Hyde900.


The history of Hyde Abbey and the 2020 Hyde900 Community Dig: an introduction by Professor Martin Biddle


Please note the following additional points in respect of any booking
  • Should the dig have to be postponed, your fees will be refunded on request, or held over against any a booking at a future Hyde900 event
  • Any participant under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult and will need to be booked in.
  • You will receive a confirmation of booking following completion of your booking(s).
  • There are certain COVID-19 measures which are requirements of attendance at the dig. These include the need to wear face coverings unless the participants are under 12 years old or have particular health conditions.
  • A further confirmation of booking will be sent 4 days in advance of the start of the dig with detailed instructions on the need for Covid-19 precautions together with joining instructions

2020 marks ten years since the original 900th anniversary celebrations of the inauguration of Hyde Abbey, Hyde900’s original mission. Organisation of this year’s programme has necessarily been influenced by the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, so a proper celebration of this first 10 years will now be in 2021.

The community dig postponed from May will go ahead at the same time as the the King Alfred Weekend, and full details are below.

The King Alfred Weekend programme also includes the usual highlights; the very popular guided walks of the Hyde Abbey site, and guided visits to Hyde Abbey Garden, which marks the actual burial place of Alfred the Great and some of his family. The annual Hyde900 King Alfred Lecture will be based on a virtual event on Friday 23rd, and the AGM and exhibition reflecting some of the last decade’s activities on Saturday 24th in Hyde Parish Hall.

The full programme is available HERE.

You can still learn about archaeology and be trained in finds processing – unless there are further changes to government guidelines!

As you will be aware, from Monday 14th September new regulations have been introduced, restricting social gatherings to no  more than 6 people, both inside and outside. Unless government guidelines change, we are planning to operate the dig as four or five separate and independant events, each with Covid-19 mitigation measures in place to protect both the participants taking part and the volunteers organising and managing the dig.

We want to reassure you that we are taking all possible precautions to make the sites as safe as possible and look forward to seeing you on site soon.

We hope very much to be able to offer an exciting opportunity for you to get involved in the dig with many opportunities such as excavating, finds processing and logging finds.

To be kept informed on the dig and other exciting Hyde900 projects, you can register HERE .

Digging under way on a recent dig
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