Eton College is a vast and fascinating place. Founded by Henry VI in 1440, the College’s development from a school for 70 parish scholars to a bustling town housing over 1300 boys, 1000 staff and 500 buildings characterises it as a nucleus of architectural history. With regular heritage tours, hosted by College Collections, cancelled due to the current pandemic, an opportunity arose to design a digital tour.

With the help of the College Collections team and Phil Macleod, who conducted invaluable research into the properties and history of the stones used to construct College Chapel, we can proudly present The Stories in the Stones.

Now available on the Eton College website and part of Heritage Open Days, the Windsor Festival and Windsor Fringe, this architectural trail of Eton College can be enjoyed both digitally from the comfort of your own home and in person.

From the writings of College Chapel’s architects to the early Tudor design of the Natural History Museum, The Stories in the Stones reveals the mysteries of Eton. In every stone carved, brick laid, and window polished, tales of a forgotten past are revealed in photographs, commentary and maps, awaiting a simple click of the mouse.

We would like to sincerely thank Ann-Louise Schweizer, Lucy Cordingley and Graham Keutenius for their work in creating this platform and bringing the stones of Eton to life.

We hope you enjoy it –