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.
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 Treasury houses the school’s 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. They are displayed in the medieval Warden's Stables, converted into a museum in 2016. Treasury is open to pupils to use with their teachers, or to explore in their own time.
The Treasury is open to the public. Find out more.
Group and school visits are also welcome and enquiries should be directed to the Museum Manager.
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.
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.
13th May 2022
To mark the end of their collaboration as part of the Empower programme, the College's Creative Writing Society met the pupils from Winton Community Academy, to share their writing and explore different techniques and approaches.
9th May 2022
A new initiative to promote understanding, empathy and tolerance of diverse perspectives in a globalised world.
9th May 2022
Currently studying for his A Levels, Oscar has launched a new Climate Newsletter to provoke discussion about climate issues and bring together important, scientific information into one place.
8th May 2022
The Natural History Society and guest students from Park Community School in Havant learnt about rhino conservation with Amanda Smith.
28th March 2022
Winchester's biannual speaker event, Studium, offers pupils the opportunity to hear from a host of experts in myriad fields, with the aim of broadening perspectives and horizons.
26th March 2022
Pupils Arthur King and James Fulcher produced a set of dazzling performances at the National French Debating Finals to finish third in the country, having beaten the eventual winners in a previous round of the competition.