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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Eton Boys and Guy Fawkes

My name is Beck Price and I am an Archives Assistant at Eton College Archives. My role involves working on helping to transcribe and catalogue parts of the collection, as well as assisting with the rehousing of objects and general enquiries made to the archives. I will also be helping to contribute more to the... Continue Reading →

Shared View

Anjali Dhunna, Gallery Steward Who are you and what do you do? Hi, my name is Anjali Dhunna and I am currently a Gallery Steward primarily working in the Verey Gallery. I am also a student studying Physical Geography at university. What made you want to work in the Museums and Galleries at Eton College? I absolutely... Continue Reading →

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