The Winchester College Treasury houses the school’s unique collections of art and archaeology. These include artefacts from Egypt, Greece and Rome, casts of the Parthenon Frieze, and Chinese ceramics from the Tang to Qing dynasties. The medieval stables were converted into a museum in 2016 and the Treasury has welcomed many schools pupils, scholars, tourists, and international visitors over the past three years. The museum is a valuable teaching resource for the school's own pupils and the boys curate their own exhibitions annually.
However, the school recognised there was an opportunity to make these treasures more accessible and last month made entry to the museum free for all visitors. We have also extended the opening hours to 2 - 4pm, every day of the year (except between Christmas and New Year, the Easter weekend, and for exhibition changeovers).
Winchester residents and their families often pass our gates walking to the water meadows or into town. By offering free, daily access to the Treasury, it is hoped that passers-by will drop in regularly, to see the latest exhibition, or perhaps revisit a favourite object from the permanent collection.
There is an interesting and varied programme of changing exhibitions scheduled for the coming year. The current exhibition, 'Keats in Winchester,' has proved very popular and runs until 20th December. This is followed by 'Art at Winchester between the Wars', January - March 2020, 'Thomas Browne and the Scientific Revolution', curated by our pupils, April - August 2020, and 'Hans Coper' for Autumn 2020.
Finally, to help younger visitors engage with the collection, we are delighted to have launched a new children's trail, inviting them to discover any horses left hiding in the old stables.
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.
11th August 2021
Each year Winchester College welcomes hundreds of visitors to events, art exhibitions and specialist tours of the school and its collections for Heritage Open Days. This year, in-person events will return to the College with bookings now open.
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'.
29th September 2020
To mark the 250th anniversary of the poet's birth, Fellows' Librarian Richard Foster explains the importance of one of the school's latest acquisitions.