Richard Foster

Fellows’ Librarian and Keeper of Collections

Looking after Winchester’s historic collections is an exceptionally interesting and varied task. A typical day might involve teaching a class about 16th century maps, discussing medieval manuscripts with a visiting researcher, and helping pupils to plan an exhibition in the school’s museum.  

Our collections are part of the life of the school and central to the distinctive education we offer. It is a real privilege to share in the excitement of boys as they turn the pages of a book once owned by William of Wykeham or hold an ancient Greek drinking cup.  

After seven years of teaching at Winchester, and five in my current role, I am beginning to get to grips with the wonderful range of objects in our care. But there are always new things to discover. The curiosity of our pupils, their lively interest and intelligent questioning, challenges me to learn more about the past and the artefacts that bring it to life.