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.
29th May 2020
The role of our Porters - providing a warm welcome - as well as security for the school is as important today as it was 600 years ago. Suzanne Foster, our College Archivist, explains how the job has evolved over the centuries.
22nd May 2020
How to teach and pursue practical subjects from home has been a learning curve but Head of Art, Michael Bruzon, explains that pupils have risen to the challenge, adapted quickly and produced engaging work, some of which is showcased here.
18th May 2020
The traditional programme of inter-school sporting fixtures has been a feature of life at Winchester for more than 150 years. With no opportunity during lockdown to face familiar opponents, Mark Burley, Director of Sport provides an insight into the history of sport in public schools, as well as the role that Winchester has played in making it such a prominent part of school life.
8th May 2020
On the anniversary of VE day, we look back at how Winchester marked this day in history.
27th April 2020
In view of the current COVID-19 outbreak, Tim Giddings examines the school’s previous encounters with epidemics.
27th March 2020
As the Angelus Gallery temporarily closes to visitors, highlights from the latest exhibition can now be viewed online. Winchester's Head of Art reflects on the importance of hosting a community art exhibition.