The regional past from prehistory to the present is one of our particular research strengths.

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Founded in 2004, the WCHA encourages and coordinates research within the Wessex region (defined as the historical counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire). The WCHA develops the University of Winchester's long-standing involvement in regional and local archaeology and history, continuing and extending the work of the former Wessex Medieval Centre at Southampton University. WCHA complements and supplements the work and outreach of bodies such as the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society and CBA Wessex.

The steering committee comprises historians and archaeologists from the University of Winchester, Southampton University, record offices and archaeological units, and private individuals within the region.

Research

Although based in the History Department, the WCHA works in partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, as well as other Histoory research centres such as the Medieval and Renaissance Research Centre and the Modern History Research Centre. Winchester historians and archaeologists have jointly published high-profile volumes such as Danes in Wessex (Lavelle and Roffey eds 2015) and Alfred's wars (Lavelle 2010).

The WCHA is also ssociated with the Winchester Project, led by Dr Mark Allen. The Centre has published the Wessex Historical Databases, a range of CD publications providing high-quality, expertly edited historical data for subjects on the Wessex region. Titles:

  • Hampshire and Surrey County Council Elections: 1889 - 1974. Edited, with introductory essays by Roger Ottewill
  • Southampton Brokage Book, 1447-48, edited by Winifred Harwood
  • The 1871 Winchester Census, edited by Mark Allen and Tom Beaumont James
  • Sparsholt, 1841 - 1901: A Hampshire village microhistory, edited by Roger Young

Purchasing Wessex Historical Databases: price £11.75 each; postage and packing free in UK; please add £1.50 for overseas orders. Please make cheques in £ sterling payable to Dr Mark Allen, Wessex Historical Databases, Univ. of Winchester, Department of History, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR, UK.

Postgraduate research degrees

Research students are supervised to MPhil/PhD degrees across the whole thematic range of regional history and archaeology, from the earliest times to the present days. Applications from prospective students are welcome; for more information, contact the Convenor, Dr Ryan Lavelle

Find out everything you need to know about studying for a research degree at Winchester.

Events

The WCHA organises an annual series of research seminars and a spring symposium. WCHA events are open to anyone interested in current Wessex-related historical or archaeological research. For information on current and forthcoming WCHA events, contact the Convenor, Dr Ryan Lavelle or visit our Facebook page.

Meet the WCHA team

Follow the links below to find out more about our research interests, areas of supervision and latest publications:

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