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.
15th August 2019
As part of its commitment to improve access to all, the school has started to run tours for the visually impaired, which are providing a different perspective on many aspects of the school for everyone involved as guides and participants are encouraged to experience the medieval buildings and environment in new ways.
9th July 2019
To mark the 200th anniversary of Keats's time in Winchester, the school will host two public talks and a new exhibition about the poet.
27th June 2019
Falling in the First World War, former pupil, Captain William Miles Kington was only recently identified. Two of our teaching staff travelled to the Tyne Cot cemetery to attend the Ceremony of Rededication of his headstone.
18th June 2019
A beautiful new publication showcases 50 treasures from the school's outstanding collections.
6th June 2019
The D-Day Landing exhibition at Winchester College was created in 2008 from a collection of D-Day charts, documents and photographs found in the Fellows’ Library. The College Archivist explains how the exhibition came to be.
5th June 2019
BBC Four series, 'Victorian Sensations', visited Winchester College's Science School museum earlier this year to recreate one of Oliver Lodge’s pioneering experiments with electromagnetic waves.