WARG organises talks, visits, field work and excavations in the local area. Meetings are normally held at The Hampshire Records Office, Sussex Street, Winchester for 7:30pm start unless otherwise stated.

As the situation with venues is fluid, talks may be presented online via Zoom. Invitations to attend will be sent out to members about a week in advance.

Please come back to this page for the latest news on the venue.

What’s On

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Guided walk at Merdon Castle, Hursley by Don Bryan


Sadly we have had to postpone this event at the request of the landowner.

21st August

Annual Picnic at Martin Green’s Down Farm,


Sadly we have had to postpone this event.

23rd August to 

5th September

Annual WARG excavation at Hursley Park


Check out the Big Dig 2021 page

13th September

Recording of the human remains from the Winchester Cathedral mortuary chests with Dr Heidi Dawson-Hobbs


11th October

AGM followed by PhD candidate presentations:


The impact of the Black Death (1348-49) on the clergy of the Winchester Diocese with John Merriman


Romano-British religious cults of the Sky Deities with Danielle Sylvester


8th November

Power by Design - How Hitler dictated his brand with Charles Harris

3rd December

Recent work at Clarendon Palace and Park with Dr Amanda Richardson (Chichester University)

10th January

Winchester Cathedral Literary Connections with Rosey Smith (Cathedral Guide)

14th February (Zoom)

The Winchester National Pageant of 1908 with Brian Hague (WARG member) 

Friday 25th February

The June Lloyd Lecture 2022: The role of women in Anglo-Saxon Wessex during conversion period

with Dr Helena Hamerow (Oxford University)


Tickets: members £8


14th March

Recent archaeological work at Winchester Cathedral with Dr John Crook (FSA)

11th April

2021 Excavation Report with David Ashby and Stuart Rippon

9th May (tbc)

Review of recent archaeological investigations in Southampton with Dr Andy Russel

Other Events


Various dates 6-7pm

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies


‘Here be hogs’: Maps for local and family history in Hampshire Monday 19 July


Red tape and sealing wax? Using old title deeds for local and family history Monday 16 August


From Winchester to Barchester: Anthony Trollope’s links with Hampshire Monday 27 September


‘Mutinous and quarrelsome’: Sources for researching the Civil War and Interregnum in Hampshire Monday 18 October


More information and abstracts can be found at



Online  -  now

Crowd funding and crowdsourcing project organisers DigVenture have been busy bringing online archaeology talks to a UK-wide audience.


Have a look at the fantastic talk by Martin Carver about research into Sutton Hoo since the 1939 ship discovery.


Link here     The pictures of the speakers are a bit distorted, but the slides are clear and the content amazing.