Winchester’s libraries, archives and collections are of international significance, preserve the history of the school, and provide a unique learning resource. Artefacts acquired over the past six centuries often form the basis of a Div discussion, or are incorporated in to everyday lessons.
Treasury is the school’s museum of art and archaeology. Its displays include artefacts from Egypt, Greece and Rome, medieval art and early English silver, and Chinese ceramics from the Tang to Qing dynasties. They are exhibited across four galleries in the medieval Warden’s stables, converted into a museum in 2016. More detail about many of our objects is available online here.
The Treasury is open to the public free of charge every day from 2-4pm. Find out more here .
A virtual tour of the museum is available here.
Group and school visits are also welcome and enquiries should be directed to the Museum Manager.
The school’s Treasury has a programme of temporary exhibitions, many of the them curated by pupils, and often including objects on loan from elsewhere. Entry is free.
Around thirty pieces have been chosen to illustrate the development of the College's impressive collection and to explore the ways that silver has been important in the life of the College. Among the highlights are two of the largest known seventeenth-century drinking cups, a fascinating variety of communion vessels for use in Chapel, and work by leading modern designers from the 1930s to the 1980s. This exhibition is the culmination of a year-long project to research and re-catalogue the College’s silver, available online at winchestercollections.co.uk. Much of the work for this project has been undertaken by our pupils.
2023 is the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the most influential books of all time. As part of a worldwide celebration, we are exhibiting the College's own First Folio in Treasury, alongside later editions of Shakespeare’s works and books by some of his contemporaries.
For more information about the Folio 400 celebrations visit: Folio 400 - Printing Shakespeare
John Wyclif (c. 1328–1394) was a medieval scholar and priest, best known for his criticisms of the Church and his role in creating the first translations of the Bible into English. This display explores the impact of Wyclif and his followers (known as Lollards), among them Robert Lechlade, a Fellow of Winchester in the 1390s. The exhibits have been chosen by a group of A-level History pupils studying a special paper on medieval heresy.
The Fellows’ Library contains over 10,000 rare books and manuscripts. It was established at the beginning of the 15th century, and is one of a small number of ancient libraries to have survived with part of its medieval collection in situ. The library has a particularly strong collection in Biblical scholarship, English literature, cartography, and the history of science. Pupils have access to the library throughout their time at Winchester: Mathematicians, for example, are shown a first edition of Newton's Principia. Students of English have the opportunity to study the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays. Musicians are able to see song books that once belonged to Elizabeth I.
The College Archives record the history of the school, its estates, buildings and pupils from its foundation. Uniquely, the archives are housed in the same rooms built for their storage in the 1390s, and due to the quality of that provision, remain remarkably well preserved. We welcome enquiries about all aspects of the school’s history.
Some resources can now be seen online. These include registers of pupils, the school magazine (published since 1866), and a published catalogue of the archives. For more information, to make an appointment to visit or to send an enquiry, please contact the College Archivist, Suzanne Foster.
The archives also include details of all pupils who served in the First and Second World War and a dedicated website provides information on all the pupils who fell in these two conflicts.
Moberly Library occupies a beautifully beamed 14th century building which formerly housed the school brewery and the Headmaster’s ballroom. This now forms the school’s main library, with a stock of around 30,000 items. In addition, the library subscribes to numerous online databases, as well as an extensive list of periodicals and their digital archives.
Moberly Library is supplemented by the school’s separate Science and Art School Libraries. Science Library covers all aspects of Science but mainly focuses on Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and Engineering and is the home of the Natural History Society (NHS) book collection. The Art School Library covers all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, architecture and also offers a variety of film and photography equipment for pupils to borrow.
For more information, please contact the Moberly librarians.
The school's extensive collections act as the springboard for discussion or to inspire more in-depth study.
These short films highlight some of the ways objects can be explored with pupils of all ages.
James Hallinan, Head of History, explores the impact of the Mongol invasions on Chinese culture through a group of ceramics from the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties.
Edmund Lewis, Head of Classics, discusses Greek vase imagery, with Sixth Form pupil, James.
The collections are a valuable resource that can be used extensively through our educational partnerships with Primary and Secondary Schools in the region.
In these short films, Dominic Rowland, Head of Maths Outreach, explains the continuing relevance of Euclid to modern mathemeticians, whilst History don, Nick Townson, uncovers the hidden meanings of the ‘misericords’ of Winchester College Chapel, which are amongst the finest woodcarvings to survive from medieval England.
21st November 2023
Conservationist and presenter Megan McCubbin delivers the annual Cameron Bespolka Memorial Wildlife Talk and Lecture to over 900 local pupils
14th November 2023
The College held the finals of its public speaking competition, Recita, on Friday 10 November to a packed audience.
20th June 2023
On Wednesday 14 June, a group of Year 12 geographers from the College traveled to Herefordshire and the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park to undertake residential fieldwork.
9th June 2023
Dr Cullerne, Head of Faith Circles, delivered last Friday's address in Chapel inspired by a talk in Faith Circels given by a pupil, entitled 'Blind Faith'.
22nd May 2023
A mock General Election was held at the College as part of the Widening Perspectives society's aim to expose pupils to a wide range of views and opinions.
7th May 2023
The results in for the College's two most prestigious writing competitions.