How has the way we live changed? What precious things from the past do we want to preserve? How will climate change affect our lives in the future?
Imagining Here will explore these questions with communities in Winchester District: Sutton Scotney, South Wonston, and Weeke. Local people will discover their past through objects, archival sources and oral history, and work with artists to creatively explore what we can take from the past to create the communities we want in 50 years time.
Artists' workshops that investigate these ideas will be held through the autumn and winter of 2010, culminating in an exhibition at Winchester's Discovery Centre in 2011, and the creation of two legacy artefacts that will remain in Weeke and Sutton Scotney.
If you’d like to be involved in the project we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for:
  • volunteers to help organise events and workshops (they can live anywhere! And we provide expenses and travel)
  • people who live in the areas who would like to take part in the workshops.
We have held two very successful launch events at Sutton Scotney and Weeke, involving well over 100 people, and have completed archive and oral history training sessions.  
As we head towards Christmas we are running a series of workshops that will explore issues of preciousness and what we value. These are:
Picture This - card making. Wednesday 3 November 2.30-5 at South Wonston Village Hall. Bring your old photos and pictures to share and copy to make cards. Artist Ian Kirkpatrick makes an electronic copy so your precious original is kept safe. This is a DROP-IN event - no booking required.


Bookbinding with Tim Wiltshire - Saturday 13 November 2010 Henry Beaufort School 10-4Make your own beautiful book for precious photos and memories, with local bookbinder Tim Wiltshire. Bring special paper for the cover if you would like. For all abilities, 10 years and above. Free, but please book.

Windows to the Past: Weeke 5 years ago to 50 years ago - Thurs 18 November Wesley Methodist Chapel Hall 2-4.30 Bring your old photos, pictures and memories of Weeke to share over tea, coffee and biscuits, and make some pretty window hangings out of coloured film. All ages and abilities welcome. Free event, drop in.

Memory Patchwork - Saturday 20th November 10-2.30 at Sutton Scotney Victoria Hall. Bring old fabric, and copies of old photos or other papers (that will be the patchwork templates) to make a framed patchwork keepsake. Fabric also provided. For all abilities, age 10 years and above. Free, but please book. 

Christmas Table Decorations - Saturday 4th December 2 -5 pm South Wonston Village Hall. Make your own special table decorations. Bring your old Christmas decorations to recycle, and winter greenery such as holly and ivy. For all abilities, age 8 years and above. Free but please book. 

From Bags to Baubles – Christmas Decorations Sat 4 December Wesley Methodist Chapel Hall 2 – 4.30 Get recycling and into the festive spirit while making lots of unusual Christmas decorations out of old plastic bags & bottles, and Xmas wrapping paper. All abilities, 8 years and above. Free but please book.

To book please phone the WinACC office on 01962 827083 or email
Please contact the project manager, Fiona Handley, on for further information on the project, and keep checking these pages for updates.