© Winchester City Council/Paul Carter
- New displays bring to life Winchester's nationally important story, using the city's rich archaeological and local history collections. Winchester was a major Roman centre, Venta Belgarum, as shown by the many mosaics on view, and became the principal city of King Alfred and later Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings. The story continues through the centuries with Winchester's revival as a fashionable county town in the eighteenth century and the emergence of Winchester's first hospital. Jane Austen's connections with Winchester are also represented. Reconstructed Victorian & Edwardian High Street shops and displays illustrating the growth of tourism are reminders of Winchester's modern roles. Hand-on activities and quizzes for children.