Founded in 2004, the WCHA encourages and co-ordinates research within the Wessex region (defined as the historical counties of Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire). The WCHA develops the University of Winchester's longstanding 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 WANHS and CBA Wessex.
Stonehenge, probably the most famous archaeological site in Wessex; A medieval half-timbered house in Southampton; The enigmatic 'hanging bowl' found in the grave of an Anglo-Saxon warrior in Winchester
WCHA events are open to anyone interested in current Wessex-related historical or archaeological research. 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. There are no subscriptions, although charges are usually made for WCHA conferences.
For information on current and forthcoming WCHA events, please visit the History News & Events page or our Facebook page. Alternatively, please register interest with Dr Ryan Lavelle, who maintains an email distribution list.
The WCHA is associated with the University's MA programme in History. Elementary and Advanced Latin and Palaeography courses are available. Many students progress to these programmes from the BA Programmes (full- and part-time) in Archaeology, Archaeological Practice, History, History and the Medieval World and History and the Modern World.
Research students are supervised to MPhil/PhD degrees across the whole thematic range of English History and Archaeology from the earliest times to the present days. Applications from prospective students are welcome; for more information, visit our Research Supervisors page.
Research Projects and Publications
Several major research projects operate in conjunction with the WCHA, incuding: