Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival dedicated to heritage, opening doors to reveal the histories and treasures of fascinating buildings ranging from national monuments through to private homes.
Each year Winchester College welcomes hundreds of visitors to musical events, art exhibitions and specialist tours of the school and its collections. This year's festival will take place between 9 -18 September and will see the return of an exciting range of unique events, produced exclusively for the festival.
Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster of Winchester College commented, “Heritage Open Days enables our city to celebrate its wonderful history and to make the wider world aware of it. With more than 90 listed buildings in our care and an archive spanning 600 years, we look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy some very special tours and events.”
John Barclay: The Origins of Cricket - A unique opportunity to hear John Barclay, President of Sussex County Cricket Club and former Sussex County Cricket Captain and President of MCC. To coincide with the 250th anniversary of the first recognised first-class cricket match, played at Broadhalfpenny Down in June 1772 we welcome John Barclay to speak about the invention of this great game. Booking required: Book Tickets
Astounding Inventions: Wired and Wireless Communication in the 19th Century - An electrifying hour-long talk and demonstration by renowned Physicist Jeremy Douglas that brings to life one of the great stories of 19th century science. Booking required: Book Tickets
Brewing – a Divine Discovery An hour-long talk by Miles Jenner, a multi-award winning Head Brewer and President of the Brewery History Society. From its origins to the advent of commercial production and beyond, this light-hearted talk will highlight a series of accidental discoveries that led to the development of some world famous beers. Booking required: Book Tickets
15th February 2022
A masterpiece by one of the leading artists of the eighteenth century – François Lemoyne’s Annunciation (1727) – has returned to Winchester College after ten years on loan.
19th October 2021
We have an exciting opportunity for four young boys to join the Winchester College Chapel Choir in September 2022 as Quiristers. Find out more about what it's like to be a part of one of the country's most famous choirs.
11th October 2021
An ancient Greek vase, stolen from the school sixty years ago, has been recovered.
13th September 2021
Between 16 September – 1 October 2021, a new exhibition will be held at Winchester College to commemorate the lives of four former pupils who played a leading role in the British attempt to map, survey, and summit Mount Everest in the 1920s.
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.