Common Time 2019

Winchester College

'Heritage Open Days' at Winchester College - online booking now open

Winchester College is this year's lead sponsor of the Heritage Open Days festival which takes place between Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 September 2018. In addition to interesting talks or experiences, the events provide the public with the opportunity to discover heritage sites they may not be aware of or typically get a chance to see - all for free. 

Booking for events across the city is now open at https://www.winchesterheritageopendays.org/

The full programme of events can be found here, however specific Winchester College events can be found below. 

Winchester College: Programme of events 

1.     Guided tour of Winchester College
Believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country, Winchester College was founded by William of Wykeham in the 14th century. This tour concentrates on the medieval heart of the College including Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall, Cloisters and the 17th Century School building.

Thursday 13: One tour at 10:15 - 11:15, two tours at 11:30 - 12:30, two tours at 14:15 - 15:15, two tours at 15:30 - 16:30
Friday 14: One tour at 10:15 - 11:15, two tours at 11:30 - 12:30, one tour at 14:15 - 15:15, one tour at 15:30 - 16:30
Saturday 15: two tours at 14:15 - 15:15, two tours at 15:30 - 16:30
Sunday 16: three tours at 14:15 - 15:15, three tours at 15:30 - 16:30 

2.       Winchester College - Guided tour of War Cloister
Within the precincts of Winchester College is the beautiful and peaceful War Cloister, a memorial to former pupils who died in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts. Listen to their stories and the story of the creation of this wonderful memorial.

Thursday 13: 14:45 - 15:45 & 16:00 - 17:00 

3.       Winchester College - Treasury
The Winchester College Treasury houses the outstanding collections of art and archaeology belonging to the school. The converted medieval Warden's Stables contain four galleries filled with objects from around the world.

Thursday 13: 14:00 - 15:00 & 15:00 - 16:00
Friday 14: 14: 00 - 15:00 & 15:00 - 16:00
Saturday 15: 10:00 - 11:00, 11:00 - 12:00, 12:00 - 13:00, 13:00 - 14:00, 14:00 - 15:00, 15:00 - 16:00
Sunday 16: 14:00 - 15:00 & 15:00 - 16:00 

4.       Winchester College - Guided tour of the Archives
This hour-long tour allows a rare opportunity to view two medieval rooms which house the school's archives. Documents and artefacts relating to the school's history, including the Foundation Charters and Founder's Statutes, will be on display. 

Thursday 13: 15:45 - 16:45 
Friday 14: 15:45 - 16:45 
Saturday 15: 14:30 - 15:30 & 15:45 - 16:45

5.       Guided tour of the Science Collections
This 45 minute tour with the keeper of the school's science archive provides visitors with a unique opportunity to view items from a wide range of teaching apparatus and natural history specimens, from 18th century microscopes to our present day Periodic Table installation.

Saturday 15: 14:00 - 14:45 & 15:00 - 15:45 

6.       Shakespeare's First Folio (1623): Viewing and talk *NEW*
Shakespeare's First Folio gathered nearly all of Shakespeare's plays together for the first time, and every copy is unique. This is the first time the book has been made available for public viewing. Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster, explains how the book was produced and what makes this copy distinctive.

Thursday 13: 19:00 - 20:00 

7.       Open Rehearsal with the Winchester College Quiristers *NEW*

The Quiristers are part of the original foundation of Winchester College, and have been singing here since the 14th century. Watch them rehearse in the beautiful surroundings of the College Chapel, and find out how these young men are trained to become one of the leading choirs in the country.

Friday 14: 13:30 - 14:30 

8.       Jenni Murray: ‘A History of the World in 21 Women' at Winchester College *NEW* 
Journalist and broadcaster Jenni Murray joins us to talk about her new book which looks at the history of the world through the achievements of twenty-one women, encompassing artists, politicians, activists, reporters and heads of state who have had a profound impact on the shaping of our world.

Sunday 16: 14:00 - 15:00 

9.       Classical Collections: Talk with Dr Sarah Harden in the Winchester College Treasury *NEW*
The Winchester College Treasury houses the school's outstanding collections of art and archaeology. Join Winchester College's Head of Classics, Dr Sarah Harden, to hear more about the history of the many ancient artefacts in our possession and how they reveal connections between different parts of the ancient world.

Sunday 16: 13:00 - 13:45 

10.   Guided tour of the Fellows' Library
This 45 minute tour includes part of the Warden's Lodgings, home to the school's historic library. There will be an exhibition of medieval manuscripts and an opportunity to see the study of John Harmar, one of the translators of the King James Bible.

Friday 14: 13:00 - 13:45 & 14:00 - 14:45,
Saturday 15: 11:45 - 12:30 & 12:45 - 13:30 

11.   Afternoon tea with Lady Laura at Winchester College *NEW* 
Join social historian, Emma Muscat, for a suffrage inspired afternoon tea accompanied by a talk about Lady Laura Ridding (1849-1939), wife of the College's 43rd Headmaster. Laura was a suffragist, writer and social reformer who co-founded the National Union of Women Workers and became president of Winchester's NUWSS. 

Thursday 13: 14:00 - 16:00 (Warden's Lodgings)
Saturday 15: 14:00 - 16:00 (Musa QR)