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What does heritage mean to you?

I guess for me it means our shared history, our culture and our buildings. My dictionary describes heritage as the ‘inheritance of present-day society’ whether that’s our natural environment, buildings, precious objects or traditions. I like the idea of a community inheritance, it suggests to me that we all need to take responsibility for treasuring and remembering our past. And looking at the next set of entries in my festival countdown we certainly have an interesting and unusual inheritance here in Winchester for us to discover together.

Do any of these pictures reflect heritage for you? Perhaps you had something else in mind. Do let us know what heritage means to you. You can contact us via twitter, email or even better why not share a picture of what heritage means to you on instagram using the tag #winchesterhods.  Photographs can also be submitted to our photo competition, and if you win your ‘heritage’ photograph could be on the front cover of next year’s Winchester Heritage Open Days programme.



Hampshire Record Office Open Day

Discover over a 1000 years of history as Hampshire Record Office celebrates its 70th anniversary.  If you join one of the pre-booked guided tours you will be able to visit areas normally closed to the public as well as see irreplaceable documents such as manorial pipe rolls and Jane Austen’s baptism register. Other activities will be available during the day including a talk by Gabrielle Storey (see below) and an exhibition by Whitchurch Silk Mill.

Hyde 900: Medieval tile display & workshop

A display of encaustic tiles found on the site of Hyde Abbey. Discover their history and how they were made and why not have a go at making them in the medieval manner– but be prepared to get your hands dirty! For a fee your tile can also be glazed and fired. To find out more click here.

Jeremy France Jewellers

Watch traditional jewellery making skills that have been used for hundreds of years and see how a ‘Lovers Wedding Ring’ is made in the workshop. Visitors will also be treated to an informative and educational journey through the history of diamonds and how they are used in modern day jewellery.

Morally Insane, Inverted, Born This Way: Medical Treatments for Lesbianism in Britain, 1830-1950

On Saturday 9th September, as part of Heritage Open Days LGTBQ programme, Gabrielle Storey from the University of Winchester will present a 45 minute paper on her research focusing on the interaction between medicine and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This talk will discuss how medical treatments for female sexual inversion, later termed as lesbianism, changed in Britain from 1830 to 1950.

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