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Collections and Heritage

Eton College Collections encourages the public to explore our archive, art, library and museum collections in a variety of ways, both formal and informal. To expand engagement with a variety of audiences, we now employ both an Education Officer focussing on formal learning for schools and families, and an Exhibitions and Access Coordinator who works on the exhibitions and adult learning.

Formal Learning

Local primary schools can book any of 10 different free activity-based sessions linked to the National Curriculum. Topics range from Fossils to Ancient Egyptians to a cross-curricular session on Shakespeare. These sessions take place in one of our three museums. From September 2019 to the end of February 2020, we led 75 school sessions and interacted with over 2,000 students in a formal learning capacity.

In addition to the educator-led sessions, from November to March local schools can attend sessions developed and run by lower sixth form Eton students as part of the Eton College Community Engagement programme. This academic year 16 sessions were delivered by 16 boys in the three museums.

We also offer free CPD - in June 2019 we gave a session on Shakespeare which was attended by 30 local primary school teachers. The next such training day is being planned and will be a cross-curricular session on botany, explorers and art, based on an upcoming exhibition on Sir Joseph Banks.

In these times we are looking at increasing development of digital resources, to be made available to teachers to supplement both their classroom teaching and their visits to the collections and museums.

Informal Learning

Since September 2019, over 1100 people took advantage of the free openings on Sunday afternoons of the Museum of Antiquities, Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Eton Life as well as the Verey, Austen Leigh and Millington Drake galleries.

Temporary exhibitions The Eton Choirbook, Death and the Doctor, and Ancient Beings have had over 2,000 visitors. Exhibitions are open both by appointment and, whenever possible, as part of the Sunday openings.

Family events are organised in conjunction with exhibitions, including a half term event to accompany the Ancient Beings exhibition, where we opened both the temporary exhibition and the Museum of Antiquities for a weekday afternoon over the February half term, so that families could visit, work on a treasure hunt trail, and take part in a variety of craft activities.

We have worked in coordination with other local groups such as the Windsor Festival and Fringe and the Eton Community Association to provide further opportunities for local people and groups to visit, including trails, art activities and a stop on the Windsor and Eton Living Advent Calendar.

The Collections hosts  numerous visiting researchers and answers hundreds of further research enquiries by post, telephone and email.

Historic Buildings

The college is also responsible for the upkeep of 78 Listed Buildings including our Chapel. We share in the Patronage of 21 parish churches and have chancel repair responsibilities for 11.

“A very enjoyable and informative session. Children came away saying it was the best trip ever!” (Post-trip teacher evaluation)