Heritage Open Days

September 2019 will mark the 25th year of the Heritage Open Days festival, with a ten-day programme of events nationally. 

Each year, local Winchester volunteers organise over 100 events to celebrate the city's history, architecture and cultural heritage, aiming to give the general public a glimpse of sites they may not be aware of or typically get a chance to see – all for free.

As principal sponsor of the Winchester Heritage Open Days festival, Winchester College will host various events, all of which are concentrated on the second weekend, which runs from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September. Last year's events at the school proved hugely popular with more than 1,250 people visiting the College and more than 1,000 members of the public joining us in the Treasury museum alone.

This year’s programme includes:

  • Guided tours of the College, War Cloister, the Archives, the Fellows’ Library, and the Science Collections.
  • An Open Rehearsal with the Quiristers, a choral tradition dating back 600 years.
  • Free access to the Treasury, the school's museum of art and archeology.

In addition there will be four talks on offer:

  1. 'Winchester Poet Power: The Path to Keats’ Autumn' by Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster of Winchester College.
  2. 'Shifting sands in news coverage' by Alastair Stewart, ITV News journalist and presenter.

  3. 'A tale of two royal charters' by Professor Simon Keynes of Cambridge University, one of the world’s leading experts on Alfred the Great.
  4. 'The Black Death' by Professor Mark Bailey, High Master of St Paul's School.

More information and tickets will be available via the Heritage Open Days website from mid-August.