Over six centuries since its foundation in 1382, Winchester College has accumulated thousands of historic documents, books and works of art. A beautifully-illustrated new publication, edited by Richard Foster (Keeper of Collections and Head of Art History), highlights 50 of the most interesting, unique and important objects from the school's collections. Each object is accompanied by an essay written by one of the school community, including pupils, staff, and members of the school’s governing body.
The book features artefacts from the early history of Winchester College, and outstanding items from its important collections of Greek antiquities, Chinese ceramics, English silver and rare books. Among the more unusual and unexpected items are a ship model made by eighteenth-century prisoners, a scrapbook from the Crimean War, and perhaps the world’s longest-running scientific experiment.
50 Treasures from Winchester College is available to purchase from the school's Treasury and from the independent bookseller, P&G Wells.
30th March 2021
John Keats died 200 years ago of tuberculosis. He stayed in Winchester in 1819, his most productive year as a poet. While here he took regular walks in the water meadows and wrote “Ode to Autumn” after walking along the river to the Hospital of St Cross. This article looks at his time in Winchester and the disease which would eventually 'take his breath away'.
20th October 2020
In the final instalment of our focus on Wordsworth, in this 250th anniversary year of his birth, we reveal a previously undiscovered treasure within the school's collection.
29th September 2020
To mark the 250th anniversary of the poet's birth, Fellows' Librarian Richard Foster explains the importance of one of the school's latest acquisitions.
7th September 2020
Celebrating our history, buildings, people and collections, the school announces two new films and a podcast as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.
26th June 2020
There is always something to celebrate at Winchester College and the last couple of years have been particularly full of significant anniversaries - the opening of the boarding houses and the conversion of Commoners into classrooms - and this summer sees the 150th anniversary of the opening of Moberly Library.
19th June 2020
The Art Exhibition is one of the highlights of Winchester Match. Here we look back at some of the best work from recent years.