A one-day symposium dedicated to exploring the impact of the Norman Conquest on Winchester

Saturday 19 October 2019, 9:00am - 5:30pm
The King Alfred Conference Chamber, Guildhall, Winchester, SO23 9GH

The invasion of the English kingdom from north and south in the autumn of 1066, leading to conquest by Duke William of Normandy, is often seen as a defining moment in English and British history. How was the principal city of the dynasty of Alfred the Great affected by conquest? How did its people react and adapt in times of change? And how far did Winchester itself play a role in determining the course of conquest? In this one-day symposium hosted by Professor Ryan Lavelle of the University of Winchester, six leading experts on 11th century England consider the people of Winchester, the politics of the English kingdom before and after 1066 and of course the history and meaning of the iconic Winchester Cathedral, a building linked to the Anglo-Saxon past but looking toward a redefinition of English kingship and the nature of the kingdom of England.

View the full programme for the day.

Ticket Information

  • Early bird offer: £55, available up to and including 1 October
  • Standard ticket: £65, from 2 October
  • Students and unemployed concessions: £55


Ticket includes lunch and refreshments. Please book tickets in advance as they are not available to purchase on the day.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Matthew Bennett, Military Historian, retd from Sandhurst

Professor Eric Fernie, formerly Director, Courtauld Institute of Art

Dr Leonie Hicks, Senor Lecturer in Medieval History, Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr Charles Insley, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Manchester

Dr Katherine Weikert, Senior Lecturer in Early Medieval European History, University of Winchester

and Dr Marc Morris, Historian and Broadcaster

Speakers' Panel: chaired by Professor Ryan Lavelle, Reader in Early Medieval History, University of Winchester

The final speaker line-up may be subject to change

Winchester and the Norman Conquest is the fourth public event of Winchester, The Royal City, a project which aims to celebrate and promote the ancient city as a centre of key significance to the development of England and English culture.

The project group comprises: Hampshire Cultural Trust, Hyde900, The English Project, University of Winchester, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester Studies, Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council.

Image: Dr Janina Ramirez speaking at Winchester, Early Medieval Power and Faith, October 2018