Immersive anglo-saxon learning

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Our KS2-tailored programme offers a unique, immersive experience that enables pupils to discover all about the Anglo-Saxon times through exploring two exciting venues!

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Key information

Duration: The visit will include a session at both 878 AD and City Museum, each lasting up to 90 minutes with time for lunch in between.

Capacity: maximum 36 pupils per class

Staff ratio: 1:8

Available to book: Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time. Our suggested arrival time 10:30am.
Please note we need a minimum of three weeks to accommodate bookings.

Location: 878 AD, The Brooks Shopping Centre, Upper Level, Upper
Brook St, Winchester SO23 8QY

Winchester City Museum, The Square, Winchester SO23 9ES

Facilities: We do not have a lunch room on site but are sometimes able to arrange a lunch facility with an external venue for an additional fee. In the summer months, we are able to signpost you to some great spots for lunch in the good weather. Toilets are not available in the 878 AD venue but can be found at the coach drop-off in Abbey Gardens and on the upper parking floor of the Brooks Shopping Centre where 878 AD is located.

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At 878 AD, pupils travel back in time as they step into the role of an allocated character on the evening before the Battle of Edington! Learners can dress up in Saxon costumes throughout their visit and complete Anglo-Saxon challenges whilst experiencing the sounds and smells of the city, walking amongst Anglo-Saxon villagers and discovering objects from the time.

At Winchester City Museum, pupils can embed the learning from their immersive experience through teacher-led object handling, exploring further Anglo-Saxon artefacts and completing a Time Travellers Guide workbook which they can take back to the classroom as a reminder of their discoveries!

The great news is that having two venues means that we can cater for two classes in one day – simply let us know on your initial enquiry form how many classes you would like to book for!

Winchester City Museum is just a short walk from 878 AD.

Time spent travelling will be incorporated into your schedule for the day.

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Buy and Trade in the marketplace – Take part in negotiation and numeracy using mental methods with a costumed trader as you buy and trade Anglo-Saxon replica items.
Discover Authentic Artefacts on the city streets – Enjoy an Anglo-Saxon style scavenger hunt and collect runes for hidden information.
Visit the Anglo-Saxon House – Use problem-solving and literacy skills to solve and complete Anglo-Saxon riddles.

Learning outcomes

History – Develop understanding of Anglo-Saxon village life and culture.
History – Understand the reasons behind the Viking invasion and the importance of the Battle of Eddington and resistance of Alfred the Great.
English – Understand what a riddle is and help compose one.
Maths – Practice problem solving using mental methods.

Thank you for taking our children and adults back in time to experience a period of history in a way that we could not replicate in the classroom. The use of technology added to the inspiring and exciting theme of the day. Using 21st century technology to explore a time period over a thousand years ago is brilliant!

Grateley School visit - July 2023

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878 AD visit and Winchester City Museum:

One class: £280
Two classes: £560

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878 AD schools programme can start from 10:00am. Your schedule will be sent to you once your booking has been confirmed and we can often work with you to tailor your experience to ensure you have enough time to travel from your School and also get back on your coach in time at the end of the day.

Unfortunately, we do not have lunchroom facilities onsite at either 878 AD or Winchester City Museum but are often able to hire a nearby lunchroom for you should you need it. Though we can’t guarantee a lunch room, please let us know at your time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

As part of your booking, we will arrange your visit to Winchester City Museum for you so just let us know at the point of booking if you would like a dual visit and leave the rest to us!

We are able to offer a ticket to 878 AD and Winchester City Museum (if booking a dual visit) so that you can attend a pre-visit at your convenience. 878 AD is open at the following times:


Term time: Thursday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm. Monday – Wednesday by appointment only for schools and education groups. Please contact to arrange.

School holidays: Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm

In the event of late arrival or unexpected early departure, we will always do our best to accommodate as much of your originally planned activities into your day. We reserve the right to adapt your programme accordingly in order to work to any unplanned timings.

Please give a minimum of 21 calendar days’ (excluding Hants school holidays) notice in writing (including email) of a visit cancellation. We regret that with less than 21 days’ notice we will be unable to refund your booking costs.

Should you wish to change the date of your booking, please give a minimum of 21 calendar days’ (excluding Hants school holidays) notice in writing (including email) and we will endeavour to accommodate your request. We regret that with less than 21 days’ notice we will be unable to change the date or to refund your booking costs.

In the unlikely event that 878 AD should need to cancel your visit (e.g. Museum closure due to snow), we will contact you to re-arrange your visit for another mutually convenient time. If it is impossible to reschedule, a full refund of your booking costs will be given.