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 →

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 →

Shared View

Marie Harrison, Museum Custodian Who are you and what do you do? My name is Marie Harrison and I am a Sunday Custodian in the museums at Eton College. On my duty days, I open up whichever museum I happen to be working in, make sure everything is in order and that the museum is... Continue Reading →

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 →

Triumphal arch, that fill’st the sky

The Clap for our Carers tribute takes place at 8pm every Thursday, encouraging everyone in the UK to applaud the NHS and all key workers from their doorsteps, windows or balconies. People have also been showing their support by sharing rainbows in inventive displays in windows, gardens and more. We've been chasing rainbows across the collections as... Continue Reading →

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