At any one time there are about fifty societies and clubs in existence, catering for a wide range of interests and largely run by boys.
Societies tend to come and go, of course, depending on the special enthusiasms of the masters and boys in the school at the time, but many have been in existence for years and years. Those in existence at present include: African, Alexander Cozens (Art), Amnesty, Architectural, Astronomy, Joseph Banks (Conservation), Caledonian, Cheese, Classical, Cosmopolitan, Debating, Design, Essay, Entrepreneurship, Geographical, Henry Fielding, Hispanic, History, Keynes (Economics), Law, Literary, Mathematical, Medical, Middle Eastern, Model United Nations, Modern Languages, Oriental, Orwell (Left-wing), Simeon (Christian), Parry (Music), Photographic, Political, Praed (Poetry), Rock, Rous (Equestrian), Salisbury (Diplomatic), Scientific, Shelley (Radical), Slavonic, Sports, Theatre, Wellington (Military), Wine and Wotton’s (Philosophy).
Meetings are usually held after supper. Recent speakers have included Shami Chakrabarti (Political), Lord Skidelsky (Keynes), Ugo Monye (Simeon), Claire Tomalin (Literary), Kevin Sinfield (Sports), Robin Lane Fox (Classical), Lord Bilimoria (Entrepreneurship), Dame Sue Ion (Scientific), Antony Beevor (History), Lord Neuberger (Law), Brigadier Ed Butler (Wellington), Professor Lord Ara Darzi (Medical), Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles (Middle Eastern) and Professor Daniel Dennett (Wotton's).
Some society meetings are open to pupils from other schools. If you are a teacher and would like to bring some of your pupils along to a society meeting at Eton, please, in the first instance, contact the Web Clerk. For admissions, please use the admissions enquiry form
Click here for details of this half’s society meetings.