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Heritage Open Days - TrustNews Sep 18

Winchester’s favourite heritage festival is back!
13th – 16th September 2018

Winchester Heritage Open Days provide a wonderful day out for the whole family; this year we have guided walks, special talks, behind the scenes tours, Heritage crafts, pop-up performances, Anglo Saxons & Vikings in the Cathedral close, Medieval Knights at the Westgate and a chance to see and hear about Winchester’s very own Shakespeare First Folio at Winchester College.

"Heritage Open Days champions everyone's story and everyone‘s history," says national HODs Manager, Annie Reilly. “This year, we’re shining a spotlight on Extraordinary Women, encouraging people across the country to share stories of women who've shaped their places in ways large and small. It’s an exciting opportunity to celebrate not just queens, famous writers and inventors, but also the women who put the ‘ordinary’ into extraordinary."

Here in Winchester there are more than 40 ‘Extraordinary Women’ events, including:

  • Radio 4 Women's Hour presenter Dame Jenni Murray in conversation with The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester about ‘A History of the World in 21 Women’
  • Dr Jane Robinson, Dr Fern Riddell and Professor Emma Rees leading suffrage talks, and Historian Emma Muscat hosting a suffrage tea at Winchester College;
  • General Sir Anthony Walker KCB leading a talk on ‘What did you do in the War, Mummy‘;
  • 2TimeTheatre’s world premiere of ‘Sir Walter’s Women’ at The Great Hall, and Blue Apple’s ‘Fragments of Winchester’ at Pilgrims’ Hall.

The programme is now available from Winchester Tourist Information Centre and online. Some events you can just turn up to, but others need to be booked in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment, either online at or at the Tourist Information Centre at the Guildhall.

The Winchester Heritage Open Days festival team is led by local volunteers Nicky Gottlieb and Becky Brown, and hosted by the City of Winchester Trust. The festival is funded by a combination of sponsorship and local authority grants, the main sponsor being Winchester College. Nationally, Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and promoted by the National Trust with funding from People's Postcode Lottery. Other events in the UK are Doors Open Days in Scotland, Open Doors Days in Wales, European Heritage Open Days in Northern Ireland and Open House London.