Prospectus and Annual Supplement
This is an entirely boy-run newsletter which is overseen by a don and is produced weekly for distribution within the School. It is in A5 format and illustrated in black and white. Much of the material relates to intra-School matters but it also has a strong awareness of contemporary issues - national and international - and at times a biting and provocative tone.
The original Spirit Lamp came to prominence-some might say notoriety-when its editor, Sandy Wason, sold it to a Magdalen undergraduate and Old Wykehamist, Lord Alfred Douglas late in 1892. Bosie, as he was known to his friends, already had publishing experience behind him: at Winchester he had co-founded and edited a magazine called The Pentagram. From December 1892 to June 1893, he published poetry and prose in five issues of the Spirit Lamp, which bore the new subtitle 'An Aesthetic, Literary and Critical Magazine'. The Spirit Lamp was reincarnated in 2006 and is a biannual publication; it is written and edited entirely by boys in the school but overseen by a don. It currently turns a small profit: we hope Lord Alfred Douglas would be proud.
This is the major publication of Winchester College Society and is primarily written for Old Wykehamists but because of its interesting content has a sizeable following among current staff and students.
The WykehamistThis is the principal School magazine and official record of events. Edited by twelve boys under the supervision of the Headmaster, it is published twice a year and provides the editors with an opportunity to learn and develop skills in journalism, feature writing and layout. The first number was published in October 1866. Over the decades it has taken on various styles and formats. Currently it is presented in simple newspaper format. Here is the current number of The Wykehamist.
Further books on the School and books in general can be bought from book sellers P&G Wells who have been on their site next to the School for over 200 years.