Eton College and the Civil War

View of Eton College from the North, c.1640-60 Eton Collections | FDA-P.411-2010 (etoncollege.com) The conflict most commonly known as the English Civil War(s) lasted from 1642 until 1651, and saw the execution of King Charles I in 1649. It was a conflict fuelled by political and religious differences and led to fundamental questioning of the respective roles... Continue Reading →

New: Live video sessions from Collections Learning

Yesterday, for the first time in 10 months, I heard school children's voices.  Not my own kids - I hear them all the time - but an actual group in a classroom!  Normally, Eton College Collections runs a primary programme of ten different sessions across its three museums. Topics include the Victorians, animals and the Stone Age, among others. During... Continue Reading →

A ghost story for Christmas Eve

Perhaps we enjoy a ghostly tale as an antidote to the otherwise saccharine fare of the season. Or perhaps, in the gloom of winter, drawing around the light together makes us all the more aware of the darkness at our backs. For whatever reason, ghost stories have been a feature of the Christmas celebration since... Continue Reading →

A Collections Christmas

Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone in the Eton College Collections. A Turkey and a DoveFrom Florence Hopper’s Scrapbook, 1886 This is one of 97 pages in a scrapbook compiled by 12-year-old Florence Hopper in 1886.  One of the pastimes of Victorian children was pasting purpose-made coloured pictures,... Continue Reading →

St Andrew’s Day at Eton College

St Andrew's Day traditions viewed through the Eton College Collections St Andrew's Day, celebrated in the Michaelmas half, has become one of the two biggest holidays marked at Eton College, the other being the Fourth of June which takes place in the summer. (In one of Eton's quirks, they are not held on the actual... Continue Reading →

Remembrance in the Collections

This year Remembrance Sunday commemorations will be fairly different to tradition as the nation observes social distancing. Despite restrictions on crowds and gatherings indoors, there are many socially distanced events scheduled to honour the service and sacrifices of the armed forces, and their communities, in conflict. There are a number of holdings in the Eton... Continue Reading →

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