The Wykeham Campaign
William of Wykeham founded Winchester College in 1382 for the purpose of educating boys to exercise leadership in society. His own life story is an example of it. As the School has grown over the centuries, reflecting continuing changes in English society, the Founder's intentions have been reinterpreted in order to remain true to his purpose of providing the greatest possible access to those who can best profit (whatever their social background or their parents' means) from the College's educational programme.
The provision of high quality education, particularly where boarding is concerned, is unavoidably expensive. We believe Winchester provides the best education available to boys of strong intellectual potential. We maintain beautiful historic buildings, which enhance the atmosphere of study and which form part of the nation's history. The 93 listed buildings, nine of which are Grade 1, attract visitors from all around the world, and guided tours ensure that they learn about the history, ethos and heritage of the School.
The Campaign's strong emphasis is to build on the endowment funds to ensure the benefits of The Wykeham Campaign are lasting. The College's challenge is to build up resources for:
- bursarial generosity proportionate to the Founder's original benefactions
- to build an endowment to care for the historical buildings
- to build an endowment to ensure the Quiristers remain part of the School's tradition for many years to come
Projects such as the new museum planned for the disused Warden's Stables give donors the added opportunity to contribute to the fabric of the College through supporting the renovation of a mediaeval building. Outline plans have been approved by the Governing Body to convert the Stables into a vibrant museum, enabling students and visitors to explore the College's collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. The cost of the renovation work is £1.5m; an endowment of an additional £1.5m will ensure that the museum remains an educational resource for boys and visiting groups for years to come.
The Wykeham Campaign Committee
The Wykeham Campaign Committee is made up of six members, all of whom have demonstrated their commitment to Winchester College by making a lead gift, and by demonstrating their willingness to assist and support with the solicitation of others. They are:
Richard Morse (K, 1972-76), Chairman of the Wykeham Campaign Committee
Viscount Gough (G, 1955-59)
Mark Loveday (H, 1957-62)
Torquil McAlpine (Past Parent)
Richard Orders (E, 1967-72)
Peter Stormonth Darling (C, 1945-50)
Beatrice Lupton (Chairman of the Q Appeal Committee)
If you would like more information about donating to the Winchester College Wykeham Campaign please contact the Development Office or telephone +44 (0)1962 621217.