Exhibitions

The College Collections’ programme of special exhibitions are hosted in the Verey Gallery and the Tower Gallery. Both exhibition spaces are open to the students and staff of Eton College as well as the wider community, including schools and the general public. If you would like to view a special exhibition, please contact us at collections@etoncollege.org.uk or 01753 370590.

Sunday Openings:

The Verey Gallery is open to the public on Sunday afternoons between 2:30-5pm. The exhibition The Eton Choirbook is open every Sunday from 20th October 2019 – 8th March 2020. The exhibition will be closed for Christmas on Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th December 2019.  

Enter via the Museum of Eton Life (follow signs from the High Street along Baldwin’s Shore) and entry to the temporary exhibition is at least every 15 minutes. No booking necessary. 

 

Death and the Doctor: Dying, Burying and Afterlives in the Seventeen Century

 

This exhibition looks at the experience and ideas of death, the corpse and posthumous life in seventeenth–century England. Its starting point is the writing of Norwich physician and author Sir Thomas Browne, whose extraordinary essay Urne-Buriall is an extended meditation on death, and particularly on what is left of us after we are gone: decaying remains, scraps of memories, and the possibility of eternal life. The exhibition looks at deaths, funerals, and resurrections as described in the sonorous language of the Book of Common Prayer, and in the works of Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.

Alongside these, it presents the seventeenth-century fascination with the funerary customs of other cultures, from pyramids to catacombs to funeral pyres. Through contemporary illustrations, it explores the use of the dead body in the rapidly developing science of anatomy and it introduces Browne’s remarkable writings through Eton College Library’s fine collection of editions of his works.

Death and the Doctor: Dying, Burying and the Afterlife in the Seventeenth Century, College Library Tower Gallery, is open by appointment, 9th May – 1st November,  To book an appointment to visit Monday – Friday, contact us at collections@etoncollege.org.uk or 01753 370590 

Permanent Collection:

Seven Halts on the Somme by Hughie O’Donoghue, RA - Millington Drake Room

Victorian Stained Glass by Thomas Willement - Austen Leigh Corridor  

Currently on display adjacent to School Hall most Sunday afternoons from 23d September 2018 to 28th April 2019, 2:30 – 5pm. (Closed Easter Sunday and Sunday 28th April).

For further information see www.etoncollege.com/CollectionsAccess

Read about previous exhibitions.