Within the Archives Podcast: Teachers

Within the Archives is a podcast series where we look at aspects of Eton College life throughout the decades through our archival collections. This month's podcast discusses Eton's teachers: Assistant Masters, known colloquially as Beaks, are central to a boy’s experience at the school. Teacher's Podcast Teachers podcast transcriptDownload From left to right: Letter from... Continue Reading →

#ColorOurCollections

Now more than ever, we could all do with some relaxation. If you need a calming, mindful activity, Eton College Collections might be able to help!  Launched in 2016, Color Our Collections is an annual event hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine. Libraries, archives and museums around the world turn materials from their collections into colouring sheets and books which can be... Continue Reading →

Within the Archives Podcast: Societies

Within the Archives is a podcast series where we look at aspects of Eton College life throughout the decades through our archival collections. Following last months inaugural episode on school exams, this month's podcast discusses Eton's student societies. Societies podcast Societies podcast transcript - FebruaryDownload 1897 Chronicle - Article on the Literary and Scientific Society1933... Continue Reading →

Within the Archives Podcast: School Exams

Welcome to the first episode of ‘Within the Archives’, a new podcast series where we look at aspects of Eton College life throughout the decades through our archival collections. This month we start by looking at school exams. School Exams podcast exams-podcast-transcriptDownload An article from the Chronicle on how to avoid Trials (Issue No. 3247,... Continue Reading →

String figure with beaded hair

First Intermediate Period 2160-2055 BCE, Textile, glass, H. 8 cm, W. 3 cm, D. 2 cm (ECM.1843-2010) This charming figure is made of fine thread knotted into bundles and wrapped around bunches of thicker string. The body is wrapped in sections, with separate bundles of thread used for the legs, arms, torso, and head. The... Continue Reading →

Gnaw, you are not going to believe this Beaver!

Upper incisor teeth of the Beaver, Castor fiber, Thames river gravel, Boveney (NHM.285-2016) The Eurasian Beaver (Castor Fiber), part of the Rodentia order (Rodents), is a large, semi-aquatic mammal[1]. Unlike their relatives, mice and rats, beavers predominantly live in freshwater systems such as rivers, streams, irrigation ditches, lakes and swamps[2]. As they build their homes... Continue Reading →

Figure of an Ibis

The ibis was one manifestation of Thoth, the god associated with divine knowledge and writing. Late Period - Ptolemaic Period 664-30 BCE, Copper alloy, travertine and gold, H. 3.5 cm, W. 3 cm, D. 1 cm (ECM.1692-2010) The breed of ibis specifically sacred to Thoth is the African sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) which became extinct... Continue Reading →

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