Centre for Wessex History and Archaeology, Professor Michael Hicks


The Centre exists to encourage study and research into all periods and aspects of historic Wessex. It seeks to complement and supplement other local societies and activities. Our Spring Programme comprises research seminars in Winchester and Salisbury on topics ranging from the exploitation of Mesolithic heathland to 20th-century county elections. All seminars are on Thursdays at 5.30pm and are free of charge.

The Spring Conference on the theme ‘Walled Wessex: Fortification, Decoration, Crenellation’ will be held at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum on Saturday 12 April 2007. Focusing mainly on Anglo-Saxon and medieval England, it discusses castles, walled towns, and other closes, and investigates how far these expensive and prestige structures were primarily defensive. There are six speakers: Dr Cheryl Butler, Prof Michael Hicks, Dr Bob Higham, Prof Matthew Johnson, Dr Ryan Lavelle, and Dr Andrew Lowerre. Fee: £12. For full details on these events, please contact Michael Hicks.

New Postgraduate Opportunities at the University of Winchester

For 2008 we have revised our longstanding and successful MA in Regional and Local History and Archaeology to enable students to study one subject only or both: the MA in Regional and Local Archaeology; MA in Regional and Local History; or MA in Regional and Local History and Archaeology. Each MA consists of an introductory and research module, three Special Studies on particular topics, and a dissertation. The course normally takes 1 year fulltime or 2 years part-time. Most students study part-time in the evening – Wednesday evening in Year 1 – but some study full-time and complete in 1 year. Special Studies range from Prehistoric, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon Wessex through the late medieval and post-medieval eras to Early Modern Hampshire and Sussex and Victorian Urbanisation. Students have ranged widely in their dissertations. Recent dissertations of distinction quality have treated Boxley Abbey in the 14th century, Chantries in St George’s Chapel Windsor, Poverty in 17th-century Southampton, The China Clay Trade of Poole, and William Bingley’s History of Hampshire.

Also available are the MA in Field Archaeology (primarily for practising archaeologists, principally studied at weekends), the MA in Historical Studies, which focuses on contemporary debates in world history (e.g. the environment, holocaust, memory, public health, and religion), and research degrees (M.Phil and Ph.D) full- and part-time in History and Archaeology, to which many of our own MA students progress. Besides its standard and successful courses in History and Archaeology and in the two in combination, the University also offers more focused BA degrees in Ancient and Medieval Art and Archaeology, Archaeological Practice, History and the Medieval World, and in History and the Modern World.