The Duberly Collection of Chinese Art is now available to view online through the Winchester College Collections Database. It contains nearly 200 pieces dating from the 7th to the early 20th centuries. Among the highlights are superb pieces of imperial porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and important examples of jade, lacquer and metalwork.
The collection was formed by Major Montagu and Eileen Duberly between 1947 and 1970. It was bequeathed to the College in 1978 as a memorial to their son James (1925-1944), an Old Wykehamist who was killed in the bombing of the Guards’ Chapel in WWII.
The collection is on display in Treasury, Winchester College’s museum of art and archaeology, which is open to the public every day between 2pm and 4pm. Entry is free.
The Duberly Collection is the first part of the school’s collections to be made available online in its entirety but other sections of the Winchester collections are being added all the time as the school works to share such treasures as widely as possible.
A beautifully illustrated catalogue of the Duberly Collection, written by Anthony du Boulay, is also available to purchase through the Treasury website. Anthony du Boulay is one of the country's foremost experts on Chinese art.
24th August 2021
England's largest free heritage festival takes place this September with Heritage Open Days. To celebrate this year's theme of 'Edible England', our College Archivist reflects on some of the unique terminology that has been associated with food over the centuries.
19th July 2021
A new publication explores the College's collection of medieval glass. Created across a period of significant artistic change, they demonstrate the development of stained glass production techniques and the Gothic style from the mid-thirteenth to sixteenth centuries.
5th July 2021
In anticipation of a new Everest exhibition in Treasury this September, Mr Bill Norton, son of explorer and mountaineer Edward Norton spoke to pupils and staff about the challenges and team dynamics of the 1921 expedition.
28th May 2021
The school's Treasury museum will re-open to the public next month, on Monday 21 June, in line with Government advice.
30th March 2021
John Keats died 200 years ago of tuberculosis. He stayed in Winchester in 1819, his most productive year as a poet. While here he took regular walks in the water meadows and wrote “Ode to Autumn” after walking along the river to the Hospital of St Cross. This article looks at his time in Winchester and the disease which would eventually 'take his breath away'.
18th January 2021
As part of its extensive collections, the school has around 500 watercolours and drawings from the 18th to 20th centuries, which have now been digitised to make them accessible to as wide an audience as possible.