Hampshire Cultural Trust has an incredible collection

So amazing in fact that I thought I’d write a post for Nancy’s history challenge this week. The Hampshire Cultural Trust was established in 2014 to look after 2.5 million objects relating to Hampshire’s internationally significant cultural heritage. Yes you did read that correctly, they cherish for us 2.5million objects. Don’t worry Nancy I haven’t photographed every item!! I have though shared a few which reflect some of our local history.

Hampshire Cultural Trust also operate the many arts and museums facilities previously run by Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council. So we are delighted that they have found the time to run five rather special events for us this year as part of the 2017 Heritage Open Days.

All the events marked with * require pre-booking and as of 23rd August some of the guided tours were fully booked. There were though still a couple of places left on some tours, and we understand both talks have places so if you haven’t had a chance to book your place(s) yet call Francesca Branthwaite on 01962 678140 asap. The good news is that the other two events don’t need to be pre-booked however they are taking place in a Grade I listed building that has a steep staircase from street entrance, and consequently is not wheelchair accessible.

  Event Description
* Abbey House Collections On Thursday take a guided tour of some of the  city’s collections of paintings and furnishings rarely on display to the public. Originally built as a private house around 1700, Abbey House was bought by  Winchester  City Council in 1889 and restored to its original 18th century splendour following extensive refurbishment in the 1980s. It is now the official residence of the Mayor of Winchester.
* Behind-the-scenes at Chilcomb House On Friday there is a unique chance to peek behind-the-scenes and meet the experts who curate the museum collections cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust. Regular readers may recall from my ‘Unexpected Gems‘ post that I was lucky enough to visit this last year. Do hope you have booked this year. If you have then you are going to be able to see costumes, artwork, natural history, archaeology, historic transport and social history collections. Also on display will be a rare surviving Georgian  sedan  chair contemporary to Jane Austen’s stay in Winchester shortly before her death in 1817.
  Brass rubbing at The Westgate The Westgate Museum houses a small collection of replica Hampshire medieval church brasses. On Sunday after seeing the originals, you are invited to have a go at making your own brass rubbing to take away as a souvenir of your visit. You will be given an information sheet which will tell you all about the brass you have rubbed, and translate any inscription.
  Musicians at The Westgate With shawms and sackbuts, crumhorns and sordunes the four piece group Courtlye Musick will serenade visitors to the historic Westgate with music from the Tudor court. Wearing period costume, with music played on replica period instruments under the Westgate’s Tudor ceiling visitors will on Saturday find themselves magically transported back to the reign of Good Queen Bess.
* The Winchester Model at City Museum In 2016, Hampshire Cultural Trust embarked on a project to save Roger Brown’s inspirational model of Victorian Winchester and bring it to life in the City Museum. Join us on Sunday as travel writer and photographer John Pilkington provides an exclusive talk about his personal connection to the Winchester Model and its maker.

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