Shared View

A mini introduction to the people behind the scenes Welcome to our Shared View series! Every week we're sharing a mini profile about each of us to give you an insight into who we are and what we do behind the scenes in Eton College Collections. Val Young, Gallery Steward Who are you and what... Continue Reading →

Shared View

A mini introduction to the people behind the scenes Welcome to our Shared View series! Every week we're sharing a mini profile about each of us to give you an insight into who we are and what we do behind the scenes in Eton College Collections. Lucy Cordingley, Exhibitions and Access Co-Ordinator Who are you... Continue Reading →

Hippos in the Thames

Now, have you ever seen a Hippo roaming around the UK? Maybe in a zoo perhaps? Well about 130,000 years ago, seeing a Hippo roaming around where your local pond is would have been a common sight to see! The hippopotamus, with the scientific name of Hippopotamus Amphibius, resides in freshwater lakes. These amphibious animals... Continue Reading →

The Eton Choirbook

MS 178 Folio 57 recto. Photographer Julia Craig-McFeely. The Eton Choirbook has under gone a vivid history. It is one of three surviving volumes of exquisite, Latin illuminated manuscripts. It has been loved as an instrument of the Catholic faith, later at the mercy of religious and political changes where relics, icons and artifacts of... Continue Reading →

Sakhmet, the Powerful One

Figure of Sakhmet. Late Period, 26th Dynasty, ca.600 BCE. Faience. [ECM 1716] Here is a figure found in the Myers Collection. In the Late Period, 26th Dynasty ca. 600 BCE, this figure was worshiped by Ancient Egyptians. ‘Sakhmet was a goddess of fury, the Powerful One, the fiery Eye of the sun god Re whom... Continue Reading →

VE Day bonfire by Oliver van Oss

Snapshot of the framed painting by Oliver van Oss and accompanying pencil inscription. Oliver van Oss, Lower Master at Eton (1959-1965), painted this scene of a bonfire in honour of VE Day on Fellow’s Eyot on 8th May 1945. The enormous, glowing fire stretches up into the night sky to the height of the tallest tree and is  encircled by hundreds... Continue Reading →

VE Day: 75th Anniversary

Commemorating the end of the Second World War Today marks the 75th anniversary of ‘Victory in Europe Day’, the official end of World War Two in Europe. Final battles in Europe took place across April and May of 1945, with the cessation of hostilities and agreements and treaties taking place over the following months and... Continue Reading →

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