Henry VI: from Progress to Pilgrimage

Whan that Aprill with his shoures sooteThe drighte of March hath perced to the roote,And baythed every veyne in swich licourOf which vertu engendred is the flour;Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breethInspired hath in every holt and heethThe tendre croppes, and the yonge sonneHath in the Ram his half cours yronne,And smale fowles maken... Continue Reading →

Fourth of June through the years

The Fourth of June is the occasion when Eton College celebrates the birthday of George III, a great supporter of the school, with a grand festival of speeches, cricket and the procession of boats. 2020 has brought unique circumstances and with these, a unique Fourth of June, as we celebrate from our homes and connect online.... Continue Reading →

Joseph Banks and the Florilegium

The Expedition of the Pacific Ocean on the HMS Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771 Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) compiled a small team of people to help him collect and beautifully record botanical samples from around the world under the explorer Captain James Cook on his ship, the Endeavour.   Banksia serrata The Florilegium is a collection of... Continue Reading →

The Legacy of Richard Porson’s Handwriting

Richard Porson (1759-1808) was an eminent classicist whose valuable contributions to classical scholarship were often characterised by his precise emendations and thorough understanding of Greek metre (the rhythmic structure of a verse). A critical edition of Euripides’ four plays (Hecuba, Orestes, Phoenissae and Medea) was one of Porson’s most famous publications. Line-engraving of Richard Porson... Continue Reading →

A School at War: WWII Home Front at Eton

Collections Learning school workshop: in focus The Chronicle, January 24, 1941 Did Adolf Hitler actually address the boys of Eton in their own newspaper?  No – it was the humorous ramblings of an anonymous boy, but the bombing the author referred to was only too real. Bomb damage, Upper School. Photograph by an Eton boy... Continue Reading →

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