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Sara Spillett, Conservation Housekeeper Who are you and what do you do? My name is Sara, I am the Conservation Housekeeper and I work across the Eton College Collections. What does a normal day at work at Eton look like for you? Every day is different, it’s what I love the most about my job. ... Continue Reading →

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Rebecca Tessier, Collections Cataloguer and Museums Officer Who are you and what do you do? Rebecca Tessier, Collections Cataloguer and Museums Officer. I am also Keeper of the Museum of Eton Life. I do all sorts of things! As Collections Cataloguer I work on cataloguing projects across the department, focusing on the object-based collections. This... Continue Reading →

So, what is the Moa?

Right so, imagine a cross between an Ostrich and an Emu, make it bigger and hey presto you have a Moa! This is not scientifically what a Moa (Order: Dirnornithiformes) is, however genetic studies have found that its closest relatives are small South American birds called the Tinamous (Order: Tinamiformes)[1],[2], despite the fact Moas used... Continue Reading →

Eton Fives

Eton Fives court PA-53-146-2013 Eton fives is a unique form of the handball sport because of the architecture of the court. The boys did this in the space between the buttresses of College Chapel and found that the ridges and the intrusive buttress made for a distinctive game. It was so popular that in 1847... Continue Reading →

Origins of the Wall Game

No-one knows the origins of the wall game, or when it first began to be played at Eton. There are references to a similar game being played in the 1750s, but the first written rules only date from 1849. [ECR 60/6/3/1] However, this reference from the minute book of the Provost and Fellows records the... Continue Reading →

The ‘Bear’ Necessities!

These three teeth tell us a lot of information about the lifestyle and habitats these bears lived through. The tooth on the left is from a Cave Bear (Ursus Spelaeus). This bear was aptly named due to its fossilised remains being found primarily in caves. This bear represents one of the most frequently found remains... Continue Reading →

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