The College Collections’ programme of special exhibitions is 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.

In Memoriam: Great War remembrance at Eton

Early in the course of the First World War, Eton—like institutions, towns and villages, governments and families across the country and the globe—began to ask how to commemorate the fallen and the conflict most appropriately. The memorials established in response are so numerous, varied and distributed as to permeate the fabric of the college. 

In the centenary of the final year of the war, this exhibition brings together records and objects of remembrance from the college’s museums, archives and libraries, as well as from its chapels, boarding houses and school buildings to offer an exploration of one community’s memorialisation of the war: collective and individual, visible and unbuilt, educational and aesthetic.

Among the memorials on display will be the manuscript ‘Libro d’oro’ recording the service of Etonians; one of four tapestries woven at William Morris’s Merton Abbey Works depicting the legend of St George; a copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer; an exquisite tray by the 18th-century silversmith Paul de Lamerie; a cabinet of natural history specimens; plans for proposed monuments; and inscribed copies of first editions from the Macnaghten memorial library.

Free Exhibition at the Verey Gallery, Eton College

Open Sundays 2:30-5pm
23rd September to 11th November

Also open by appointment on Tuesdays, 2.00pm – 4.00pm and Thursdays, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Please contact us at collections@etoncollege.org.uk or 01753 370590 to arrange to see the exhibition at one of these times.

Read about previous exhibitions.