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2016/17 Academic Year Report

In 2016/17 Eton has expanded the outreach and engagement programme undertaken by the Collections. The Eton Museum of Antiquities and the Museum of Eton Life joined the Natural History Museum in opening to the public, free of charge, every Sunday afternoon and welcoming a wide and diverse audience of local people, and visitors to the area.  In addition, a seasonal programme of summer guided tours is now being offered on Friday afternoons, May to September, for the general public.
The dedicated Exhibitions & Outreach Co-ordinator ensures many more young people are coming to experience Eton. During the year, some 1,000 children and young people engaged with the Collections on and off-site.Particular highlights for Collections engagement over the last year include:

◦challenge days for children drawn from sixteen schools across the region;
◦the challenge days also informed a continuing professional development day for local teachers bringing Shakespeare into the primary classroom;
◦family learning events;
◦five special exhibitions were held and were open to the public by appointment, and were also supported by engagement events for a variety of audiences;
◦learning events organised around the exhibitions programme once again drew audiences from secondary schools and colleges for talks, private views, debates and masterclasses;
◦general and special interest groups of adults have also been welcomed by the Collections for special displays, talks and tours exploring a variety of themes, from British Studio Pottery to the Battle of Jutland;
◦a unique opportunity was offered to schools and the local community over a week in June to view up close, engine running a vintage World War 1 SE5a aircraft as a historic landing on the playing fields in 1916 was commemorated.
◦a second annual Open House Afternoon drew audiences of all ages 
◦ we successfully linked up with the Windsor Festival and the Windsor Fringe Festival in delivering a programme of three special events, including a family friendly art trail
◦ the Collections also hosted some 170 visiting researchers and answered hundreds of further research enquiries by post, telephone and email.
◦ we are 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.