New Exhibition Opens!

After not one but two postponements, this week saw the opening of the much anticipated exhibition To Botany Bay and Back: The Worldwide Web of Sir Joseph Banks. Artworks and objects from the College Collections, loans from the Natural History Museum London, the Linnean Society of London, the Royal Geographical Society, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and private lenders have been brought together to illustrate Banks’s life and achievements. The exhibition is open by appointment until 16 October in the Tower Gallery. It is also open to the public on Sunday afternoons, 2.30-5pm.

Year 9 Pupils Visit the Collections

Last Sunday, 25 groups of Year 9 pupils were given a tour of highlights from the Collections; among items on display were the Gutenberg Bible, a programme from the FA Cup Final in 1882, the wall paintings in College Chapel and the Kakapo, a nocturnal parrot.

Collections Items on Loan

This month, four items from Eton’s Natural History Museum travelled to an exhibition at the West Berkshire Museum in Newbury, where they will feature in an exhibition on The Age of Dinosaurs for the coming year.

Friends of the Collections Online Event

In March, 39 Friends of Eton College Collections gathered digitally to hear about conservation of Montem costumes in preparation for the Verey Gallery exhibition in 2023. The event was hosted by Justin Nolan, who recounted the history of Eton Montem before Susana Caldeira, former Collections Care Conservator, outlined the way in which conservation is managed at Eton. Marina Herriges, Textile Conservator at Textile Conservation Limited, then gave an illuminating talk detailing the different materials, techniques and processes involved in the project. The talk was recorded, so please email us for access to the password-protected link.

Launch of Online Exhibition: A Victorian Legacy

The Tower Gallery exhibition A Victorian Legacy has just closed, but an online version of the exhibition is now available.