The Winchester District is rich in creative people and organisations, and its history draws millions of visitors to the area each year. Our most exciting milestone project in this theme is the proposal to create a state-of-the-art visitor attraction in Winchester city centre which explores the English Language. The English Project, as it is known, links art with history and stakes Winchester's claim to fame as the cradle of the language thanks to our associations with King Alfred.

See the milestones feature at the bottom of the page for more information.

Local artists and creative organisations are sure to want to get involved in local and national projects over the coming years, thanks to the Cultural Olympiad which will be showing off the best of British creativity and talent.

You can find out much more about how to get involved in arts and heritage in the Winchester District by logging on to our dedicated web pages:

For the arts click on or contact Arts Development Officer Marilyn Michalowicz on 01962 848 175 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For history and heritage, start at and take your pick from the options on the left.

Winchester Museums are currently looking for volunteers to help the service provide memorable experiences for all our customers.

If you have some time to spare and are interested in getting closer to Winchester's history, contact our Museum Services Manager Sher Kent on 01962 848 557 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nunnaminster sculpture installation

The English Project
Inspired by the widespread public interest in the richness and range of the English language The English Project @ Winchester will be the world's first ever visitor attraction dedicated to exploring and enjoying the language both as an exciting inheritance and a powerful and dynamic living resource.

IHBC annual conference in Winchester
The IHBC is the principal body in the United Kingdom representing professionals and specialists involved in historic environment conservation. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all. IHBC members come from a range of professional disciplines in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including conservation officers, planners, architects, regeneration practitioners and academics. The work of members varies from overseeing small-scale traditional repairs to managing multi-million pound area regeneration projects.

The annual school, which took place in June is held in a different branch each time. There are 13 branches and it will be South East Branch's turn in 2012. Alison Davidson is the Secretary of the branch and have therefore been involved in the response to our central branch offering Winchester as a venue. The conference is generally held over 4 days (Thursday to Sunday) and incorporates visits, seminars, annual dinners, social events and of course the AGM. It is a residential course and attracts conservation specialists from all over the UK. Although based in Winchester, the conference visits could incorporate sites from outside the district depending on the theme that is chosen for the event. The theme will inevitably be billed as something linking in to the Olympics or alternative Olympics, lasting legacies etc.


Free family fun day at River Park Leisure Centre

River Park Leisure Centre will be running a Free Open Day event on Saturday 25th July as part of the new Government campaign to increase the public’s awareness of the benefits of regular physical activity and an active lifestyle.