Members of the public can explore our Collections both formally and informally. Our Education Officer focuses on schools and families, while the Exhibitions and Access Coordinator works on the exhibitions and adult learning.
Local primary schools can book any of six different free activity-based sessions linked to the National Curriculum and taught in one of our three museums. Topics range from Fossils to Ancient Egyptians. Three of these sessions are also available as live video lessons for schools that cannot travel to Eton.
Before Covid forced the closure of the museums in March 2020, Collections ran over 70 sessions and had instructional contact with over 2000 students during the 2019-20 academic year. Our live video lessons launched in January 2021 and from then through June 2021 we led 14 virtual sessions to a total of 27 classes.
In addition to the educator-led sessions, from November to March local schools can attend sessions developed and run by C Block (Year 12) Eton students as part of the Eton College Community Engagement programme.
A very enjoyable and informative session. Children came away saying it was the best trip ever!Teacher evaluation
The Collections offer free CPD. The next 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.
We also have digital resources – PowerPoints, lessons, information and activities tied into the National Curriculum – available on our website so that teachers can supplement both their classroom teaching and their visits to the collections and museums.
I think the video session was very informative and well structured. The children really enjoyed the session and we had some lovely feedback from parents too. Thank you for your hard work in producing it for us.Teacher evaluation of video session
students interacted with our Collections in a formal learning capacity between September 2019 and February 2020.
Our museums open again for Sunday afternoons on 4 July 2021 and we look forward to welcoming visitors. Between September 2019 and February 2020 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 opening.
Family events are usually held onsite in conjunction with exhibitions. These are free and operate on a walk-in basis. Currently there is an event being planned to complement the new Food and Dining Exhibition. Due to Covid three virtual half term family events, tied into our online Creatures of the Wild Wood exhibition, were held over February and May 2021 half terms. We learned all about local animals and their habitats, made crafts and had a fun quiz with 35 families from Windsor and Slough.
We as a family enjoyed the session and look forward to any future events. Thumbs up from us!Parent evaluation of virtual family learning session
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.