Public Events

Join us on campus, online or in the community to hear from experts and academics in a wide variety of disciplines.

Other Events


We love opening our doors to welcome you to the University and to share our knowledge and facilities. We hold celebrations and events to suit all interests - from seminars and lectures covering history, religion, culture and social justice to book launches, conferences and art exhibitions. Our upcoming events are listed here, most of which are open to everyone and FREE to attend. Just check the details to see if you need to book your place.


‘Photography under difficulties’: stereoscopic photography and colonial exploration in south-west Africa in the 1860s

Wednesday 6 March 2024, 4.30pm

St Alphege Building 202, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, SO22 4NR

This talk will relate the attempt to use stereoscopic photography to visualise environments as they came within the orbit of colonial power. Our speaker, Professor James R. Ryan (University of Portsmouth) will consider colonial expeditionary stereoscopic photographs made in southwest Africa (today Namibia and Botswana) in 1860-4 by the explorer and trader James Chapman and their relationship with the paintings of his fellow explorer, the artist Thomas Baines.

In 1861 James Chapman joined forces with the experienced expeditionary artist Thomas Baines in a failed attempt to cross south central Africa from Walvis Bay (in today’s Namibia) on the Atlantic coast to the mouth of the Zambesi on the Indian Ocean on the east. The resulting sketches, paintings, photographs as well as the separate published and unpublished accounts by both men show the close association between these two individuals and their chosen respective visual arts. Prof. Ryan will argue that photographers did not operate the new technology in a cultural vacuum and that photographs produced on the colonial frontier were not wholly projections of colonial discourse - they were complex co-productions produced with rapidly evolving colonial environments. Finally, his research shows how photographs became meaningful as colonial discourse in a variety of ways, including through circulation and display in a range of spatial settings.

James R. Ryan is Professor of History and Head of the School of Area Studies, Sociology, History, Politics and Literature at the University of Portsmouth. Before joining Portsmouth in 2021 he was Head of Postgraduate Programmes at the V&A Museum, London, and Associate Professor in Historical and Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter. His research interests are in the history of photography and visual culture; British colonialism and imperialism; and Anglo-American geographical knowledge and science. Publications include Photography and Exploration (2013); Visible Mending (2013 with Caitlin DeSilvey, photographs by Steven Bond); and New Spaces of Exploration: Geographies of Discovery in the Twentieth Century (2010, edited with Simon Naylor).

Chairs: Dr Xavier Guégan (University of Winchester) and Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (leading convenor MHRC, University of Winchester)

Everybody is welcome. Book your tickets HERE (including for accessing a Teams link to join online)
Tickets are FREE for all members of the University of Winchester (please register with your university email address) and MHRC subscribers (information on how to subscribe here).
Otherwise, individual entry cost £6 or £3 for concessions.

Thetis and her sisters: Nereids in Greek myth and thought

Wednesday 6 March 2024, 6pm

West Downs Centre auditorium, Romsey Road, Winchester, SO22 5HT

Nereids played an important role in Greek myth and thought and were a popular subject for ancient authors and artists. None more so than Thetis, mother to the famed hero Achilles. This talk will examine the representation of Thetis and her sisters and consider what this can tell us about ancient attitudes to gender, sexuality, and the relationship between gods and mortals.

Dr Polly Stoker is Lecturer in History at the University of Winchester and leads the BA (Hons) programme in Classical Studies. Her areas of expertise include Homeric epic and ancient drama.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the accompanying exhibition 'The Nereids' by the Lettering Arts Trust, which is showing in the adjacent West Downs Gallery. So do arrive early and take a look at the stunning artworks before you join the lecture at 6pm.

Reserve your FREE place here:

Please note that there is limited parking at the West Downs Centre, but it is possible to park for free without a permit after 4pm in any of the university car parks, and walk back to the venue once parked. See this campus map for car park locations.

International Women's Day events

The University annually marks International Women's Day (8 March), celebrating equality, inclusivity and women's achievements. This year, throughout March, we are offering a vibrant programme of events, all in line with this year's IWD theme of #InspireInclusion and all highlighting Winchester strengths and priorities.

Explore International Women's Day 2024 at the University of Winchester.

#EmpowerHER: A discussion with women in entrepreneurship

Friday 8 March 2024, 10.30-11.45am

The Stripe auditorium, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, SO22 4NR

An inspiring event celebrating International Women's Day

Elevate your aspirations with the University of Winchester Startup HubWe are excited to host a panel discussion with several women who have started their own businesses or engaged in other entrepreneurial activity. This event is for anyone who wants to start a business but with a particular emphasis on women.

We are excited to welcome:

Michelle Dabenett, Artistic Director and Founder of Mich Mash Theatre Company CIC
Daisy Harris-Reid, Founder of the @hampshire_parents and @hampshire_soloparents group, columnist for @hampshirelifemagazine and author of Mum about Town’s Separation Survival Guide: How to Push the Reset Button
Sam Gaskell, CEO and Founder at DataFit

Everyone is welcome! Reserve your place here.

Migration: why it matters

Wednesday 20 March 2024, 4.30pm

St Alphege Building 202, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, SO22 4NR

Speakers: Dr Anna Maguire (UCL) in conversation with Dr Emily Stiles (University of Winchester), Dr Xavier Guégan (University of Winchester) and Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers (University of Winchester)

Few topics generate so much heated debate than that of migration. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, we are currently experiencing the largest increase of international migration on record, with this trend set to continue as the world faces increasing pressures from climate change, warfare, and demographic growth.

This event will focus on the UK reaction to the phenomenon from a historical perspective, opening with a talk by Dr Anna Maguire (UCL) who will question the role played by Britain as a sanctuary, particularly during the period 1951-2000. She argues that claims to a proud tradition are politically useful, either to leverage for more intervention – through aid, entry or resettlement support – or to further restrict access to preserve sanctuary only for ‘genuine’ refugees. This ‘invented tradition’, through its connections to the distant past, is partial at best. Even in prime examples like the Kindertransport, the limits of what the state has offered to refugees are swiftly demonstrated. She will explore the processes which have supported refugee, migrant and asylum seeker arrivals, settlement and rights in the UK in the second half of the twentieth century beyond ideas of sanctuary as a fixed space to which only the Home Office can grant access. Her talk will open a wider conversation with three leading members of the MHRC who have also been investigating the subject from different perspectives.

Dr Anna Maguire is Lecturer in Public History at University College London (UCL). She is a historian of migration, war and empire in twentieth century Britain and the British Empire. She is currently working on a history of sanctuary for refugees in Britain from 1950 to 2000. She is also interested in history education and co-production and collaborative public history approaches. 

Dr Emily Stiles is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Winchester where she specialises in the history and representation of forced migration. She is a member of the University’s Forced Migration Network and is collaborating with Winchester City of Sanctuary to create a series of exhibitions on the theme of forced migration.

Dr Xavier Guégan is Senior Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial History at the University of Winchester. His area of expertise is South Asian history under British colonial rule and North African history under French colonial rule, including imperial culture and ideologies, as well as on violence and anti-colonial resistance. He is on the editorial board (Book Review Editor) of Britain and the World, an academic journal published by Edinburgh University Press, which focusses on Britain’s relations with the wider world since the seventeenth century.

Dr Graciela Iglesias-Rogers is Senior Lecturer in Modern European and Global Hispanic History and leading convenor of the Modern History Research Centre (MHRC) at the University of Winchester. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Principal Investigator in the international research network ‘The Hispanic Anglosphere: Transnational networks and global communities (18th – 20th centuries)’ in partnership with The National Trust (Tyntesfield) and the Centre of American Studies of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile, a project funded by the AHRC and the University of Winchester.

Chair: Prof. Chris Aldous, co-convenor of the MHRC (University of Winchester).

Everybody is welcome. Book your tickets HERE (including for accessing the Teams link). 
Tickets are FREE for all members of the University of Winchester (please register with your university email address) and MHRC subscribers (information on how to subscribe here).
Otherwise, individual entry cost £6 or £3 for concessions.

Interactive workshop: Supporting Student Wellbeing and Engagement through Sensory Modulation

Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Winton Building, Room 5, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester. SO22 4NR
A 1-hour interactive workshop delivered by Becky Matson & Jo Linforth, of the University of Liverpool. 
This workshop will introduce the potential of sensory modulation approaches for the wellbeing and engagement of university students.  Together, we will explore:

  • What sensory modulation is, and why it might be particularly important to consider in higher education.
  • The impact of using items of sensory equipment on self-regulation in relation to factors such as anxiety and concentration.
  • The benefits of flexible teaching and learning approaches in supporting student wellbeing. 

The session will appeal to educators and professional services staff working within, or who are interested in, student wellbeing.  The practical activities organised through this workshop will help you consider your own sensory responses, to better understand the sensory needs of your students.
This is the third event of the WICEP Colloquia Series for 2023/24.  If you would like to find out more about the work of WICEP, please contact: 
Arrive from 3:45pm to grab a drink and a biscuit
The workshop will run from 4:00pm – 5:00pm
TO REGISTER YOUR PLACE: please complete Sensory Modulation Sign Up Form 
Capacity is limited to 60 people. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If you can no longer attend the event, please email so your place may be reallocated.

Lived Perspectives film festival

Wednesday 20 March 2024, 6-9pm

West Downs Centre auditorium, West Downs Quarter, University of Winchester, Romsey Road, SO22 5HT

Lived Perspectives is a film festival celebrating the work of filmmakers who identify as disabled or neurodivergent. Set up in association with the University's Disability and Equality Interest Group, our festival returns having received submissions from filmmakers all over the world. 

We will be screening the best films from our Official Selection, including Just Surviving, co-produced by Aardman Animations and It'll Be Fine, Probably from Film Production graduate Matt Warlow. There will be cake, Q&As with filmmakers, and the chance to win a £20 Amazon gift voucher for everyone who votes in the Audience Award. Phew!

Entry is free! Further information and to book tickets here.

TEDx Winchester

Friday 14 June 2024, 10am - 4pm

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started in California 30 years ago. TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience - x stands for independently organised TED event. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 

The University is proud to host and sponsor TEDx Winchester. Over the past few years we have welcomed many speakers and guests to our beautiful venue, and this edition looks set to be another successful one.

Find out more about TEDx Winchester and the speakers for this event, and book your tickets.